Teen found beaten to death in Fort Worth park was raising family, helping mother

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Services Funeral services for Nicholas Anderson will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4928 Miller Ave., Fort Worth. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Memorial Park.

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FORT WORTH _ At 17, Nicholas Anderson had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.

A young father, he was raising his baby with his girlfriend. He also helped his mother, who is unable to work.

Though doing it all meant having to drop out of Polytechnic High School, Anderson still managed to earn his high school degree online and work at the McDonald’s at John Peter Smith Hospital.

He was making it work for his infant son, girlfriend and mother, relatives said.

But Anderson’s life took a tragic turn last week when he was found beaten to death at Glenwood Park in the 900 block of Riverside Drive.

“He was last seen leaving his home to meet a friend,” said Lyndia Thomas, Anderson’s grandmother and a former Forest Hill Councilwoman. “The next thing we know is he’s found dead in the park near his home. We don’t know why, what happened, or anything at this time.”

Anderson’s body was found about 7 a.m. on May 15 in some bushes at the city park. His car, missing its radio, was found a short time later.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has ruled Anderson’s death a homicide caused by massive blunt force trauma to his head.

No one had been arrested as of Thursday and police provided no additional details about the slaying.

Thomas said family members were still in shock over her grandson’s killing.

“His son is going to turn 2-months in a couple of days,” Thomas said in an interview with the Star-Telegram this week. “We just don’t have many answers.”

Relatives said Anderson was usually the one who held the answers about what he needed to do for his family.

All of them lived together at a home near Glenwood Park. He had been helping his mother who had not worked for the last six years, Thomas said.

For the last few months, Anderson had been working at McDonald’s and studying online. He earned his high school degree in February through Lincoln Academy, an Internet degree program.

“He knew he needed it,” Thomas said referring to a high school degree.

On the night of May 14, Thomas called Anderson to tell him that she wouldn’t be able to care for her great grandson, Zayden Marquise Anderson, because she was ill.

So Anderson and his girlfriend left their infant son with other relatives that night.

“When they got home, he said he was going to meet this friend and he would be right back,” Thomas said.

He never returned or called home.

“He wasn’t one of those that would have stayed out all night,” Thomas said. “He was trying to make something of himself. I was so proud of him.”

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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