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Sorice's Father Speaks Out About Son's Death - and Life

"Nick touched people in a way that was unique," said a grieving father, anxious for people to know who Nick Sorice really was.

Carmen Sorice always knew his outgoing, handsome son was popular. 

He never knew, though, exactly how many people truly cared about Nicholas Sorice until his son died last Wednesday, his body unceremoniously dumped on a curb in Colonia by a man who was arrested for lying to police when they asked how Nick met his end. 

"When Nick passed, the reaction was mind blowing," said his grieving father. "The funeral home said they ran out of prayer cards, and I had had them print twice as many as they suggested. We had 4 or 5 police cars in the funeral procession. There was more than 50 cars, maybe 100, to go to the cemetery.

"Nick touched people in a way that was so unique. He had hundreds of people who loved him," he said.

It's 2:30 in the early morning when Carmen is talking, and despite the roller coaster ride he's been on since he got the news, Carmen isn't tired. He cares about one thing: he wants people to know who his son was.

Carmen talked about a spontaneous candlelit vigil at the site where Nick's body was discovered by a passing motorist. Dozens of people turned out.

Nick's friends constructed a brick memorial there, with all the bricks filled now with magic markered inscriptions to their friend.

"You should see it. Teddy bears, candles, and flowers. There's not a bare spot on any of the bricks where someone hasn't written something nice about Nick," Carmen said with a sort of warm pride.

And then there was his wake: more than 400 people showed up. "They couldn't get them all in. People wanted to come and tell me personally how Nick touched their lives," Carmen said.

He heard from one friend, a Hindu by faith, who marveled at how Nick taught him to do the sign of the cross, a ritual of prayer in the Catholic religion. "Nick wanted to learn more about Hinduism," Carmen said.

Then there was the time in New York when father and son were visiting. "Nick saw a homeless man. He gave him the last $20 he had in his wallet. I asked him, why did you do that? He had sympathy for the man," his father said.

Nick was a 2002 graduate of Colonia High School. The 26-year-old had two children he left behind, as well as his mother and Carmen's wife, Angela, and two siblings - a sister, Alexa, and a brother, C.J.

Carmen said his son had just returned from Florida. He worked sporadically at landscaping and in his home-based music studio, but the thing that was occupying him the most was what his father called "his challenges" - Nick's substance abuse problem.

Carmen doesn't deny Nick's drug abuse. 

"I'm not looking to make anyone a saint. We're not trying to sugarcoat it," Carmen said.

But the thing he wants people to remember is that his son was not a body dumped on a street, and not a drug addict, but a warm, considerate, intelligent, and kind young man who, as Carmen said, "never hurt anyone in his whole life."

"He had huge challenges. He had a disease to overcome," Carmen said with conviction. "But that didn't stop him from being a great person."

"Nick had time to spread love and love people. When you talk to 50 people and 49 say the same kind of thing, that's pretty awesome," he said.

"I had no idea how many lives my son had touched."

Ang3 May 23, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Its sad that you can find something negative in this post. Nick loved his kids. The reporter did not feel a need to ask questions concerning his children as they are young and deserve their privacy. She did not feel it important to make them publicized during this difficult time. God bless your evil, cold heart, we will pray for you.
jamaca May 23, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Sorry there Angie baby but was not questioning their privacy nor looking for questions....just found it strange that since he was such a wonderful person no mention by anyone, not even his father, of his love and devotion for his two kids....one would think as a parent, that is what you would want to be known and remember for...
Km May 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Jamaca... I didn't know Nicholas but I've been following the story based on the news stories, many people including myself have commented on the way  Bell portrayed him in her initial report. You on the otherhand, have taken the comments to a whole new level.  I suggest you to refrain from commenting further. Let Nicholas rest peacefully. And please respect his parents and familys wishes. Most importantly, don't judge others, especially when they are not here to personally defend themselves.  RIP Nicholas
jamaca May 24, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Oh brother....................................
ColoniaMom06 May 24, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Very nice article. Thank you for sharing this side of the story.
MICHAEL V May 25, 2011 at 02:08 AM
WELL PUT CARM.... I PRAY FOR NICKY EVERYNIGHT.....NICK IS AT REST ....HE CAME FROM A GREAT , LOVING FAMILY THAT I CAN SAY...I KNEW YOU GUYS ALL MY LIFE....WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS MICHAEL V.......GOD BLESS
rfm May 25, 2011 at 05:53 AM
It's really interesting when others tell one not to judge when they do so much of the judging, don't you think Jamaca?
Deborah Bell (Editor) May 25, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Just a note: I believe in giving people the most amount of freedom possible in posting their opinions, and that assumes people will use good judgment in their posts, be considerate of others, and agree to disagree. It's obvious the family members of the victim are reading these articles and the comments made. I expect rational adults will temper their remarks accordingly. We're all adults (I hope.) Deleting posts is a pain,and I hate banning anyone if it can be avoided. So please treat fellow posters the way you'd want to be treated if you were in the same situation.
PM June 10, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Deborah... Any more news to the case?
lu October 12, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Any more news on this case?
Deborah Bell (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 10:09 PM
The last thing I heard from the prosecutor is that the incident is still under investigation; it's considered to be an open case. I will try to find out more.
lou May 23, 2013 at 08:54 PM
still no updates on the case?

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