Teen's sudden death saves 4 people's lives

THE ADVERTISER | Shari Puterman
Christian and his prom date, Danielle. (Photo: COURTESY OF THE NELSON FAMILY)

The Nelson family has deep Southern roots.

Hans and Jenn have been living in Lafayette for many years and are well-known for their careers in the radio industry.

You may recognize their voices from Big 102.1, where they host the popular “Fast and Jenn Show.”

Hans, who hails from New Iberia, and Jenn, a high school grad from Houma, hit it off while working for 107.9 – he was “Fast Eddie” and she was in radio sales.

In 2003, they got married and settled into life as a family of four. Jenn had two sons from a previous marriage – Christian, born in 1994, and Cameron, born in 1999.

“My relationship with the kids was great,” Hans says.

In 2005, Jenn gave birth to the couple’s only daughter, Caroline, and shortly thereafter, Hans adopted the boys.

Everyone was ecstatic.

“When I told Christian,” Hans recalls, “he asked, ‘Can we do it tomorrow?’ ”

Trying to find his way

Things were picture-perfect. Their life as a typical, middle-America family was pretty traditional - aside from the uniqueness of Hans and Jenn’s radio jobs.

As a pre-teen, Christian developed a strong interest in football. He was a big Ragin’ Cajuns fan, started watching the New Orleans Saints, and as a freshman at Lafayette High School, jointed the football team. Continue reading 
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