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DERBY, Kansas – There is now a fund established in Derby to help the siblings – whose mother died after a disturbance yesterday morning.
A suspect wanted for the death of 44 year-old Lonnie Staggs and the stabbing of her teenage son was captured in Missouri last night.
Today the 15 year-old boy is being called a hero by those who know him.
“He was able to protect his sister and keep her out of harm’s way and get to safety so they’re OK,” explains Angel Hallock.
Angel’s son is best friends with 15 year-old Nathan.
Her family learned Nathan was stabbed in his neck during a disturbance at his home on North Nixon in Derby Sunday morning.
“He’s a hero! He fought off his attacker and got his sister into a room locked in till help came so he really is a hero,” says Angel. “He’s a 15 year old boy who’s done far more than a 15 year old boy should have to.”
Angel says Nathan was a regular fixture at their home.
Now living with his 11 year-old sister Breanna at his grandparents home in Oklahoma, the Hallocks say they’ll miss his presence.
“Playing football, being here at the house, playing basketball, harassing him about only wanting to eat cereal, just him being a part of our lives,” says Angel.
The Hallocks visited Nathan in the hospital Sunday and learned a way they can help the family is by helping the kids start over.
Angel says, “They weren’t able to take things from their home here so they’re essentially starting from scratch without anything giving them a sense of feeling like home.”
Clothing, shoes, personal items as well as financial help are accepted at drop-off locations in Derby and Wichita.
It’s a way to alleviate the financial burden so the family can focus on moving forward.
“Even if you can’t help, just share the link to get it out there to some other domestic violence victim who has been through it and wants to help somebody else now. Spread the word,” encourages Angel.
The family could also use financial assistance covering the burial costs for their mother.
Donations of clothing, shoes, cash and gift cards can be left at either the Derby Village Inn or Roy Real Estate at 144 North Oliver in Wichita.
A list of sizes and all other donation information is available by clicking here.