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Living in the Pelican Harbor Park above his family’s shop Eric has been a part of the neighborhood his whole life and knows no other life than the one he has. Born to Donald and Hesper Nelson his mother ran the family shop while his father worked on the docks and boxed for spare money. For seven years of his childhood it was just Eric and his parents at seven his first sister Jane was born and the following year Eric’s mother became pregnant with his younger sister. Unfortunately there were complications with the pregnancy and during the birth of his sister Tami Eric’s mother passed way.

Life for the Nelson’s went on with Eric’s father Donald stepping up too raise two young girls and his son by himself. Working night at the dock and running the shop by day took up most of this father’s time and Eric had to help in the raising of his sisters. Although life was difficult the Nelson’s did as they had always done and soldiered through. Eric’s sister grew up raised by a strong and loving father and devoted big brother who was always protective but very encouraging for them to be themselves. It was not until Eric turned twenty that he would loss his father as well to a massive heart attack leaving his sisters as they only family he had left.

Turning down a football scholarship Eric stayed at home and went to work at the docks so he could provide for his sisters, Jane and Tami, who were now 13 and 12. Eric had not a second of hesitation in this decision and has never given in it a second thought and makes sure that any time his sisters have brought up the fact of what he gave up to stay that they know just how he feels about it. Eric now worked at the same dock his father had spent his whole life and he slowly worked his way up from a night unloader to a heavy machine operator and foremen.

Eric spent his time either at work, home when his sisters were growing up but as they became women in the own time Eric has found other things to occupy his time like hanging out at McNeil’s Tavern near his job site. It was here that Eric met Frank a local contractor and the two hit it off and we both had played for the same high school football team. Since then Eric and Frank can usually be found on their off time hanging out together at McNeil’s with a few other friends.

It was here at McNeil’s that the ideas of doing something about the sudden raise in crime in the neighborhood. Eric’s group of friends have becoming fed up with the state of things around the neighborhood and have decide to do something about it before it is too late.

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