“It’s about like having your guts ripped out,” Wendy Swigler said about losing her son.
Burying our loved ones is never easy. Especially a mother burying her son.
“Amazingly God has given the peace that passes all understanding,” Swigler said.
Nathan Ackison spent much of his life in Fayetteville. Then went on to graduate from Marshall University in 2008. Wendy remembers exactly what she was doing the day she lost her son.
“I found a picture of my son coming home, he was happy,” Swigler said, “he just had his first job and we were just loving him and we were just happy for him coming home from his first job and it was a good happy day and I texted it to him because I thought he needs to know how much we love him and I immediately got a text back saying he had been stabbed.”
The text was from his wife, Rashonna. Swigler says The couple was driving home on March 8th when they had car trouble. They pulled over at a mechanic’s garage in Philadelphia to get it fixed.
While Ackison was standing outside of the car, a man came up to him and tapped him on the shoulder. When Ackison turned around, the man stabbed him in the chest.
Philadelphia Police say Ronald Stanley had stabbed two other people just moments before attacking Ackison.
“In his last breathe it was call to god and an acknowledgement of God,” Swigler said.
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, friends and family honored Nathan’s memory.
Swigler says what she wants people to take away from the memorial is being able to love thy neighbor.
“It really doesn’t matter what words you say or what you do. If you have a pure heart and you really love people and my son did, than God loves us,” she said.
According to police in Philadelphia, Robert Stanley has been charged with one count of murder, and two counts each of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault and related offenses.