Nat Berhe of the New York Giants has put his grief into words in a heartbreaking essay honoring his cousin, Isaac Amanios, who was killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino shooting. The piece, written for ‘The Players’ Tribune,’ recalls the NFL player’s own childhood in the same neighborhood where the tragedy took place.
The recent shooting in San Bernardino, leaving 14 dead, left an impact on all who heard the news, including New York Giants safety, Nat Berhe, 24. Nat’s own cousin Isaac Amanios, 60, was tragically shot and killed during the attack. In remembrance of his cousin, Nat penned an agonizing essay about his late family member in The Players’ Tribune, an outlet that allows players to make their voices heard.
“I was in complete shock. I was sick,” Nat writes in his essay. “I felt paralyzed with grief.” The athlete then details the day he learned of his cousin’s death, saying his brother was the one who broke the tragic news to him. “They killed Isaac yesterday. He was at the IRC building for a holiday party. I can’t believe it,” his brother told him.
Isaac, who moved to San Bernardino from Eritrea, is remembered by Nat as the type of person who “never entered a room without a smile. People like Isaac live and die on their own terms. He was a great man. He always stressed the importance of an education, he was well-versed in international politics and finance… He deserved so much better than what happened that day,” wrote Nat.
Nat himself grew up in the same area where the shooting occurred and his parents and brother still reside there. The rest of the player’s family members were unharmed during the event. In his essay, Nat wrote that his parents and brother made it home safely from his parents’ office, only one mile away from where the shooters opened fire on a Christmas party.
Nat wrote that he felt helpless, sitting miles away from his loved ones, while waiting for more news to reach him during the shooting. “When you’re watching these things unfold from afar, you feel so powerless. I begged my followers to pray for San Bernardino,” he said.
HollywoodLifers, join us in sharing our thoughts and prayers with the Berhe family, along with all other families of victims in this senseless tragedy.