Meridian Star

September 25, 2013

Mother asks for help in finding son's killer

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Early in the morning hours of August 15, one or more people burst through the locked door of Nathan L. Cole's bedroom and shot him dead as he slept.

    The person or persons responsible are still at large.

    Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler placed the time of death between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.

    Left behind is a mother and four siblings who are wondering what happened. Ella Cole said her children, all brothers of Nathan Cole and ranging in ages between 33 and 27, are confused. She said she can't fathom why anyone would want to kill her eldest son.

    "He was not a violent man," Ella Cole said. "He did not like to fight. I can't imagine why anyone would want to kill him."

    Ella Cole is pleading with members of the public to come forward with any information they may have. She said someone out there, in the public, knows who did this. She said in her frequent conversations with Meridian Police Department detectives, authorities have told her the case is at a standstill.

    MPD Asst. Chief James Sharpe said Tuesday that isn't necessarily the case.

    "We are still pursuing this case," Sharpe said. "It (the investigation) is still active."

    Police discovered Nathan Cole's body in the room he was renting at a boarding house located at 1005 27th Avenue. Cole's cousin had been trying to reach him by phone but he couldn't get an answer. Authorities were called to the location to conduct a welfare check on Nathan Cole. Nathan Cole died of a gunshot wound to the head. Nothing else in the room seemed to have been disturbed. It was, in the mind of Ella Cole, a calculated and premeditated act. But the motive behind the act is a mystery, in Ella Cole's mind.

    "He had just gotten himself a job and was just trying to make ends meet and get a fresh start," Ella Cole said. "He didn't have any money or any other possession that would cause someone to do such a thing."

    Ella Cole said her son was known to have a bunch of people up in his room at times and that if she knew those people would steer her son down a treacherous path she would've intervened.

    "I don't know who those people were," Ella Cole said. "I don't know if they had anything to do with this. I do know if the person who did this really did know Nathan they wouldn't have done it. He was too good a person."

    Ella Cole said she hopes someone will hear the plea of a grieving mother who wants justice for her lost son. She said she has faith that God will be the final judge of whomever committed this act but by her pursuing all avenues of help she is doing her part now in the name of her son.

    "God will take care of this in his own time and manner," Ella Cole said. "But as a mother I'm trying to do all I can here and now. We need answers."

    If you have any information that might help police, you may report it to Crime Stoppers at 601-485-1860.