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Victim Impact StatementLindsay M. Marti for Nathan B. MartiApril 23, 2009 Nathan Bradley Marti has been my little brother since February 23, 1982. I have no recollection of theapproximately two years of my life before he was born. To me, up until my mother called me at 7:53a.m. on June 5, 2007, Nathan was always alive in my world.To completely articulate the impact that Nathan’s death has had on my life truly is overwhelming and, I believe, impossible. I have written this victim impact statement in my head seemingly over a thousandtimes since the day the defendant decided he had a “good amount” to drink and recklessly chose todisregard my brother’s life, the lives of others on the road, the lives of his friends, and his own. Theemotional and physical impact that Nathan’s death has had on me has forced me to live a life I don’trecognize and become a person I don’t know. Nathan and I were very close – two peas in a pod, one might say. We shared hopes, secrets, private jokes, and our lives with one another, and our common bond of being in the same family kept us close,I believe more so than many brothers and sisters experience. Nathan followed me from Massachusettsto Virginia for college, and we spent my senior year at James Madison University, Nathan’s freshmanyear at Radford University, traveling to and from each other’s school to spend time with one another.After he graduated from college in 2005, he again followed me, this time up to northern Virginia. Upuntil the day he died, we talked on the phone and exchanged emails many times a week, often spendingtime together at each other’s houses, our parents’ house, and a lot of other places; it didn’t matter where we were, we could always make it a good time.Today and for the rest of my life, I am mourning the loss of my brother, my best friend, my confidant,my protector. Nathan was a proud uniformed Diplomatic Security Officer at the Department of State inWashington, DC. Ever since childhood, he dreamt of being a police officer. When we were little and played “cops and robbers” with the neighborhood kids, Nathan always insisted on being the cop, never the bad guy. He had the qualities that I most associate with effective law enforcement: fairness,firmness, reliability, and an overall sense of caring for the wellbeing of those around him. Although heis younger than me, he had an older brother quality and he strived to make me feel safe and as if Icould tell him anything without feeling judged.To emphasize his dream, here is what Nathan wrote as a high school senior in anautobiography project:
If I had the chance to have anything I wanted in life, it would be that I was a policeman. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be in that line of work … I have always likedhelping others and being a policeman would make it be a full time job. There is justsomething about the role of a policeman plays in our society that I want to be part of. Therespect they receive, the dignity that comes with the job, and the responsibility. I feel that Ihave what it takes to be part of all of that … I just have always wanted to be someone whohelps others in their time of need, gets their cat down from the tree, or arrests their attacker.This is the only thing I have ever felt strongly about.
Nathan’s death has left me vulnerable and scared to face my life without him by my side, and forever