Finding life 10 years after the Station nightclub fire

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Mark Arsenault and Eric Moskowitz Globe Staff  February 17, 2013 The cake is lush and bright and perfumes the room with the scent of lemon. “Happy Birthday Nicky,” it reads in baby-blue cursive. Nick O’Neill’s family is gathered for his 28th birthday, in late January, at the home of his mother, Joanne, and father, Dave Kane. Cornbread and chicken are warming in chafing dishes. Nick’s 3-year-old nephew, Asher, darts among the mingling grown-ups, shouting “peek-a-boo!” Advertisement Nick died 10 years ago in The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I. But his parents still give him birthday parties. They speak to him every day as though he’s in the house, coming and going and very much alive. They detect messages from him on passing license plates, and in the flickering light in the dining room. It’s Nicky checking in, they say when the bulb inexplicably lights up. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday’s news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here That night of Feb. 20, 2003, Dave dropped the lanky 18-year-old at a friend’s house before a concert by the rock band Great White. “The show must go on,” Nick said as he got out of the car, the last words Dave ever heard from him. The time that followed was an incomprehensible fever dream, threaded… [Read full story]

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