EDMOND, Okla. —
During the hours that followed, the McCabes experienced the excruciating ritual of giving emergency crews information about their son — where he probably was in the building, what he was wearing.
“It’s not fair,” said Stacey. “And I don’t ever, ever want another parent to have to go through that.”
Nicolas was a giving child, she said, who often brought from home items for classmates who didn't have them - without her knowledge. He liked mini-pizzas for lunch. He shared them with a classmate who also liked them, and who also died on May 20.
McCabe said she hopes others will live by her son’s example.
“That’s Nicolas’ legacy,” his mom said. “Our son was a very giving person. I don’t know why. God just blessed him that way.”
Mark Schachtenhaufen is a reporter for The Edmond, Okla., Sun.