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Seminole teenager Nathan Richardson laid to rest

LARGO — Outside the church on Saturday, the mourners' feelings were emblazoned on car windows and doors.

Messages to a lost friend were written in large letters and on specially made decals.

"In Loving Memory of ..." "R.I.P" "N.R." "R.I.P. LIL 35 NATER"

One teenage girl even wore her message. Printed on her white T-shirt were the words "Live in the Sky" above a picture of her friend.

She wiped her eyes as she explained what it meant.

The phrase references a song that rapper T.I. wrote about loved ones who have passed away.

Inside First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, the mourners — hundreds of them — attended a service that would celebrate the life of Nathan Richardson, one of four teens killed April 10 in a fiery traffic crash that rocked Seminole.

They heard from teachers, family members and teammates.

"Good people die young," said Joey Walker, a senior at Seminole High School, where Richardson was a freshman.

Walker said he'd met Richardson only at the beginning of the school year, but the two had become fast buddies.

"On 'Freshman Can Day' I garbage-canned him," the 18-year-old said. "That's how we became friends."

Richardson, a 5-foot-4 15-year-old, was known as a hard-working kid who made everyone laugh.

And even as a freshman, he'd already made the school's baseball team, becoming No. 35 for the Warhawks.

Richardson's love for the game was notorious, even to those who didn't know him that well.

He was always up for a game, said friend Curtis Riley.

"He will be missed."

Kameel Stanley can be reached at or (727) 893-8643.

Seminole teenager Nathan Richardson laid to rest 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:00pm]
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