The family of a young man tragically killed after a city centre assault have spoken of their utter heartbreak at the loss of their son.
Nathaniel Bierley died on 17 March – 12 days after allegedly being punched during an incident in Nottingham city centre on Saturday 5 March, at around 3.35am.
The 26-year-old’s family has now released a heartfelt statement and photos of their son, brother, and friend who “loved life and was always looking for a new adventure”.
Nathaniel’s family is now hoping to raise money in his memory to donate to a charity aimed at improving people’s lives after a brain injury.
“None of us can even begin to get our heads around what has happened. Nathaniel was taken way before his time and he still had so much more life in him”, his sister Louisa Bierley said.
She added: “He worked at Five Guys and was just about to get his own store to run but he loved life and was always looking for a new adventure or a new place to visit.
“I think his favourite ever memory was when he travelled to India in 2016 and did an overnight marathon – he was even hoping to return to India later this year.
“You could never tell Nathaniel he couldn’t do anything as it just pushed him to work harder.
“I remember one time he ran the Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon after not training for months and everyone was telling him to just miss it that year, but he wasn’t having it.
“I just remember him being so proud of himself when he crossed the finish line.
“He will be so sadly missed by everyone that knew him.”
His family is now planning events to help raise money for charity in memory of their beloved son.
Louisa added: “We are hoping to do so many things in Nathaniel’s name and we have a charity football match coming up in June where his friends and family will be there to raise money for a charity called Headway that deals with head traumas and recovery.
“He was always raising money for charities such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as he had type 1 diabetes.
“He didn’t let it affect him though, he just wanted it to push himself further.
“Now it only feels right we carry on doing all the things he loved to do for him and try and make this world a better place.
“If we can even just help out a few people with Nathaniel in our hearts that’s enough for us.
“Forever loved by your sisters Louisa, Karina, Anastasia and mum and dad and I know one day we will all be together again.”
Kyle Turton, 21, of Brooksby Lane, Clifton, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with Nathaniel’s death and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 May 2022.
A 17-year-old boy has also been charged with affray.
He has been released on conditional bail and is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 25 May 2022.
Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts remain with Nathaniel’s family, friends and all those that knew him at this incredibly sad and difficult time.
“Officers are continuing to support his family while the case continues, so they can be kept up to date on what is happening.”