A life cut short: The tragedy of Michael Nolan

LoHud | Vincent Z. Mercogliano
The case in the shooting death of Michael Nolan remains open and many questions are still unanswered. But in the face of tragedy, Nolan's family and community continue to honor his memory.

Through early January, reporters will be looking back at and following up on stories and topics that were the most popular with our readers in 2015, according to metrics on lohud.com. This story is part of that series.

A baseball signed by Michael Nolan still sits in the office of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

A few short months ago, it represented promise — the promise of a bright future for young man who had already made his community proud.

Today, it serves as a reminder of what could have been but for an absurd act of violence in the early hours of Sept. 18, 2015.

“Whenever someone is murdered in your community, obviously everyone has heightened awareness,” Spano said. “But when you have a personal relationship with that person, it tends to hit you square, right in the nose.” Continue reading
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