Nick Parisot was a joyful, nature-loving 13-year old-boy from Wilton, CT who was killed just 15 days shy of his 14th birthday, while riding his motor bike along the well-known trails between Hillbrook Road and Hickory Hill Road in Wilton. According to the chief medical examiner, Nick died of neck trauma when he hit a rope that had been strung across the path on which he was riding. No formal criminal charges have been filed and no arrest has been made, though officials have confirmed that they have a suspect, and the family has filed a civil suit against Glenn and Barbara Knight and their minor son, who live in California, but who resided in Wilton at the time of Nick’s death.

There are juveniles at all points of this narrative: Nick, the victim at the center of this unresolved homicide; the child purported to have been responsible for what happened; and, according to a letter from Nick’s mom, Kate Throckmorton Parisot that appeared in The Wilton Villager and The Wilton Bulletin, other children who may have more information about what happened to Nick that day. This makes the perspective on this all the more complicated.

A child’s death is a tragedy beyond comprehension, but to have no answers, no accountability, and no truth about what happened, when there are people who could shed light on this, is intolerable for the family.  For the town of Wilton, the motor bike trail-riding community, and parents all over the world, it is ultimately unacceptable. After three years of stalled legal processes and silent suspects, we feel it is time to take a stand for the truth.  So we are standing up for Nick Parisot and his family’s right to understanding.

Please join us. Understand that while the suspects are juveniles, their alleged actions were of a malicious nature. To what degree is unknown, because they have been silent. Their parents’ refusal to allow their children to speak to the authorities, to tell the truth about what happened, has created a void that allows speculation and hypothesis to reign, truth to hide, and makes healing impossible for any of the parties. Put yourself in the Parisot’s shoes. They have lost their son, and the police believe there are people out there who may have answers, but these people will not talk. Why?

Whatever the story, Kate and Rick Parisot deserve to know the truth about what happened to their son that day. You can help one family (and perhaps two or more) find closure– wrong made right, simply by joining our cause. It’s simple, and it can make all the difference.

Because the truth sets one free.

Thank you.

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  • Standup4nick

    This is a new feature of the website.
    Please write your comments and let us know what you are thinking. There are lots of ways to help move this case along: first, talk about it. Spread the word and bring more people to help support the family and bring the truth to light!

  • Susan

    They will never have closure. They lost their son. Period.
    The truth will eventually come out. It always does. The people
    are being silent because they don’t want to take responsibility for
    their actions which may have caused the death of an innocent young man.
    I feel sorry for Kate Parisot.

    • Standup4nick

      Thank you for posting, Susan. You are right, they lost their son. But perhaps not “period”? Because Nick’s death was caused by the actions of (an)other(s), the family would have some closure if they knew what happened and why, if those people stood up and said ” this is what happened.”The purpose is not vengeance. It is truly closure. Can you imagine the relief that would occur if those who were responsible came forward? Owned up to their actions? It would not bring Nick back, but that piece of the story would be at rest–there would be no more chasing the truth, no more anquish of knowing but not knowing. These are parents who loved their boy ‘to the moon and back’. They will never stop seeking the truth–how could they? How can they? This was their boy, and he died in the woods and somebody made it happen. The truth DOES set people free–all of them. The people responsible would no longer be carrying around that intolerable secret, knowing as they must on some level that running away compounded the already horrible situation, that they ARE responsible. The guilty heart is not a free heart, no matter where it runs. These people will be suffocated by their secret and the effort to conceal what they know they should reveal. They could begin to make peace with themselves, to move forward with some honor in their lives, knowing they have given the Parisots the only thing left to make amends –the truth, the public acknowledgment, and the personal courage it would take to do that.

  • Robknapp

    Happy Thanksgiving Kate, Rick and Michelle.

    Eun Soo & Rob Knapp

  • MXEditor

    What is happening here? Have any headway been made?

  • Kristen

    Thinking of you today & every day! May you feel the warmth of the community’s arms around you!

    With Love,

    kristen b

  • Andy Gundell

    Kate, Rick, MIchelle,
    As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you–and especially today.
    Wishing you all a peaceful Thanksgiving.
    Andy, Carolyn, Amanda Gundell

  • Lars Cherichetti

    We thought of Nick today as we ditched the pasture meadow at my parents place. We had to replace the long filled culvert. It has been a wet year. The sheep would have had no problem crossing the wet spot but, with no sheep, we have to mow. The tractor would of course be up to its axles in no time.

    Henry went through two changes of clothes in the muddy ditch, sending wild apples floating down the freshet. We will be back at it tomorrow. These are the times we think about Nick.

    Lars, Alexis, Helen, and Henry

  • Standup4nick

    Tomorrow, the Today show will host John Moxley and his mother, and they will make reference to Nick’s case, as “Truth for Nick”. The Moxleys have been warm and very helpful friends to the Parisot family, and this opportunity for national exposure is huge. All of us who support the Parisots and their quest for truth about Nick’s death, are enormously grateful to the Moxleys.
    To those who may know something…listen– and know that while you cannot bring Nick back, you can ease the suffering of the family by sharing the truth. The truth WILL set you free.

  • Mparisot13

    Here is the video from the Today Show,
    John did not have the opportunity to mention Nick during the interview but I can relate to everything John and his mother say during the interview.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46130522/ns/today-today_people/t/moxley-family-wants-killer-jail-rest-his-life/

  • Sean

    Never forget! We need more momentum.

  • Carey

    I support the Parisots and SUFN. I would like to do whatever I can to help uncover the truth about what happened on that June day four years ago.

  • Sean

    Is there any status change in this case?

  • Iamsuzystar

    Nick was a wonderful young man that deserves justice for his untimely death…please re-post so we can bring attention to his case and bring justice for Nick!

  • http://krystle-ann.blogspot.com/ Kaoconnor1985

    I hope your family recieves the closure and justice that it so greatly deserves. My heart goes out to you after reading about what had happened… In time justice will be served.

  • holdbacktherain85
  • Standup4nick

    Coming up on the fourth anniversary of Nick’s death, and still no resolution, although there has been some activity toward that end, but progress is slow and frustrating.
    This is always a difficult time of the year for the family. Please show them your support!

  • Sean

    Is there any progress at all? Are the perpetrators being brought back to answer questions? Just what s going on?

    Anyone know?

  • Brooke and Jack Disbrow

    Kate, Rick and Michelle……Please know we are always
    thinking of you especially this month…..love,
    Brooke, Jack and Eirinn

  • Dtroesken

    Where is this family in California? I’ll go have a word with them for you.

  • Nelaya21

    Hi,
    My name is Arnela Ten Meer and I’ve been spending some time with the youth group at the UUwestport church. Even though I never met or spent time with Nick I am thinking about your family and am sorry for your loss.

  • Suzan

    You ask why certain people won’t talk. I imagine it’s because they are afraid of being judged and condemned by the community. For sure they are suffering in their own way from the guilt and remorse of their actions. I find it difficult to believe they planned this boy’s murder. Imagine making a mistake like that – you’d be devastated and haunted by it the rest of your life. Do you think they will do it again? I don’t think so. Are they dangerous? I don’t think so. Do they need to be punished more than they are from their own conscienses? What good will it do anyone, really, to find them? I’m not in his parents shoes so I cannot know how they are feeling. I can only feel from the perspective of my heart. I would never condone their behavior. I do believe in grieving, compassion, forgiveness and healing. I wish deep peace to the family.

    • Uncle Cary

      Suzan, you are a liberal idiot. This kid, Tully Knight, strung a rope tied between 2 trees knowing 2 boys would come back the other way later that day on their dirt bikes. Did he intend to kill my beloved nephew Nick? I don’t think so. Did he intend to hurt one of the boys on the bikes? Most likely “yes.” Does he deserve a similar fate as Nick? Damn right he does. He and his weasel parents are hiding in Placentia, California. They are not grieving on a daily basis. The scum that they are, are living comfortably in their home, while my nephew Nick is no longer with us. One day the Knight family will get what they deserve. Grieving, compassion, forgiveness, and healing for the Knight family – NEVER!

    • Jordan Scott

      Suzan ,

      You make assumptions … conscience, compassion, forgiveness, healing.

      Except that the family in question is not:
      … acting as if they have a conscience,
      … are not showing their own compassion,
      … are not asking for forgiveness,
      so how could they possibly go through a healing process “hiding in denial”.

      Only the Parisots here have the right to forgive, if they want.

      But forgive what? No one has admitted wrong, no one has said I am sorry, no one has expressed remorse. What’s wrong here is no one has taken accountability for their own actions.

      I speak from experience – I too lost a son too, Jared Scott, 14 years ago in an accident that was ’caused’ by someone.

      My best to the Parisots, and long live your good memories of Nick.

      Jordan Scott

    • janet4885

      Compassion and forgiveness can come only after someone has provided information. I’m someone in the healthcare field, and I know that until ANY of the individuals who participated in this incident come forward and do some explaining, THEY will be in a prison of their own making. It will actually make them sick…knowing and not doing anything. And parents who encourage and condone this withholding…you aren’t doing your children any favor. This is what you are teaching them…that lying or withholding is a very permissable, appropriate way to go forward in life. YES, it is hard sometimes to do the right thing! What a HUGE shame it is that the parents think that they are protecting their children…when it is just the opposite. Their arrogance in thinking that they are above the law…above what is “the right thing to do” – will come back to bite them over and over. I feel sorry for those children who have had to “stuff” this down – the garbage gets more rotten in the container the longer the container is closed!
      And, kids, if you are 18, I believe you are able to come forward yourselves as adults. If a criminal decision has been made, it will be best if you come forward anyway. This is actually to save yourselves as well as bring clarity to the incident.

  • Murphygm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Sean

    Suzan, It was not a mistake, all the evidence shows this. This tactic of stringing ropes/wires across trails as well as booby-traps, hidden pits, etc. are well documented tactics used by Earth First – take a look here – http://www.mega.nu/ampp/efdm/efdm.html

    Are they dangerous? Well I would say yes, I have no idea why you would say they aren’t. That’s just misguided and does not serve you well.

    Read up before you post.

  • Sean
  • Monica Rix Paxson

    I was just remembering a biking incident when I was a child decades ago. The neighborhood bully stuck a broom handle in the spokes of my wheel and I went speeding by immediately stopping the bike and throwing me into the air. Fortunately, I got away with bruises and scrapes, but it is easy to image it could have been worse. The child who did this to me clearly had bad intentions, but I seriously doubt that he’d completely thought through the consequences of his action. Children (especially boys I suspect) think that the real world works like it does in cartoons. It takes a level of maturity that escapes many until well into our twenties to be able to understand both how physics works and to have the impulse control required to resist temptation when opportunity arises. While I may be wrong, and I support the sharing of information, I think that Kate and Rick Parisot must be ready to face the sad reality that life on Earth is a risky business and young people make terrible mistakes, sometimes with fatal consequences. Bless everyone involved.

    • Standup4nick

      Thank you Monica. Your story is one that many probably have from their childhoods, and sadly bullies have been part of childhood for centuries. Recent awareness of the effects and horrible consequences from bullying has hopefully moved the needle towards eliminating it and removing this scourge from the young.
      While you escaped with cuts and bruises, we know that Nick did not escape, and while your comments are wise and thoughtful, it is the absence of accountability that has compounded the pain in this case, and that is intolerable and unjust. If it was a prank gone horribly, irreversably wrong, then how on earth can someone with any conscience at all justify disappearing, lawyering up and pretending that nothing happened? This, we think, is the most egregious crime of all– and this is the parents’ crime. Protecting your child is one thing, but to what end? Are the rights of the suspects greater than the rights of the victim because they are children and this could have been an accident? Does that give them the right to be silent, to avoid accountability? where are the rights of the victim?
      Doing the right thing would go a long way towards creating resolution for all involved.

    • Lori

      I cannot let this go. I am a very close friend of Kate and Rick. Before you post it might do you well to consider that they may be much more aware of the fragility of life than you know. Your statement that they must be ready to face that ‘the sad reality of life on Earth is a risky business’ etc. is cold and sophomoric. I think your intended sharing of your ‘wisdom’ would be better served in a general psychology class. It’s smacks of self-aggrandizement and lack of understanding.

      Also, thank you to the people involved with this site. It is such a great source for connectedness for those of us who love and respect this family.

  • Veglady

    We miss Nick, ALL the time, Love Annie

  • Standup4nick

    The support this month has been wonderful, and needed. Tomorrow would have been Nick’s 18th birthday. Enough said.
    Please write your comments here or on the Facebook page (Stand Up for Nick), and pass this info along to everyone.

  • Shiggs104

    Really hits home. Today is also my son’s birthday and he turns 14 – same age that Nick would have that year!

  • Mwallace

    As I drove by the cairn on Millstone today, I said a prayer for Nick and for his family. I never met Nick but my daughter was his classmate.

  • realist

    Who’s to say the boy didn’t tie those strings in order to play with his friends as some game. I do happen to know that the Knight family had planned on moving years before the whole ordeal happened an that the young boy did NOT tie those ropes to the those trees. How dare you criticise this poor family like that. Sure I feel bad for Nick but you’re probably putting the Knight family through a whole lot of hell. Do we not remember that in the American court system, It’s INNOCENT until proven guilty. So until the case is closed you all should hush up and watch in the side lines. I hope you find the justification you’re looking for, but, I hope that the court finds the Knight boy innocent.

    • Sean Goulart

      >>Who’s to say the boy didn’t tie those strings in order to play with his friends as some game.

      I say it, the police say it, the victims family says it, the evidence says it…only you seem to deny it. And what do you base that on? Have you examined the evidence?

      >>I do happen to know that the Knight family had planned on moving years before the whole ordeal happened an that the young boy did NOT tie those ropes to the those trees.

      And just how do you know that?

      >>How dare you criticise this poor family like that.

      How dare we? This is America, we have the right to say what we believe is the truth. Just like you have the right to come on here and spew this nonsense.

      >>Sure I feel bad for Nick but you’re probably putting the Knight family through a whole lot of hell.

      And what “hell” are they going through? Do they wake up every day and realize their little boy is no longer on this Earth? No. And why do you feel bad?

      >>Do we not remember that in the American court system, It’s INNOCENT until proven guilty.

      So if he’s innocent, let them prove it.

      >>So until the case is closed you all should hush up and watch in the side lines.

      No, we won’t stand down, we’ll Stand Up For Nick.

      >>I hope you find the justification you’re looking for, but, I hope that the court finds the Knight boy innocent.

      Very wishy-washy statement.

      Sean Goulart

      Editor
      realMotocross.com
      MXNewsfeed.com
      ThottlerMagazine.com

    • Standup4nick

      Dear Realist,
      Your passion suggests that you are close friends with the Knights, and as such, of course want to defend them. But you are sadly misguided. Your passion should be directed towards finding the truth–and encouraging the Knights to participate fully, to provide all the answers and details that are in question, openly and honestly. The evidence, NOT public opinion, is what has lead the police to consider the now 17-year old young man a suspect.
      Public opinon is universally in favor of uncovering the truth–whatever it is, so that the Parisots can move on to healing. That is the only message that the hundreds of members of SUFN have communicated, and the one that is our purpose. As a community, we ache for the Parisots in their loss, but also in their lack of closure. And Nick. What of Nick? Doesn’t he deserve the truth? This joyful, happy, adventurous 13-year old lost his life in the woods because of something another person (or persons) did. He didn’t run into a tree, or go off a cliff, he ran into a rope that SOMEBODY PUT THERE. He was 13 years old. A victim, of…what? A horrible prank? Vicious bullying? Stupid, bad choices on the part of very young children? More bad choices, followed by more and more bad choices?? Whatever it is, pretending it’s not that will not change the truth. Whoever is responsible for this knows it, and until it’s revealed, that secret will always be there, festering and threatening to burst open the dam.
      Without the truth, there is no forgiveness, and without forgiveness there is no freedom.
      If the truth had come early, there would be no need for its pursuit.
      To all who may have been involved: tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, whatever it may be. Then, and only then can healing begin for everyone.

  • Sean

    We want the truth and we want it now

  • Sean Goulart
  • Standup4nick

    It is a momentus day, for there has been an arrest in CA of a juvenile (now 17) suspected of the homocide of Nick Parisot. Every one of us who have spoken up, lent our names and our pens and our time to the cause of bringing resolution to this horrible thing can know that the collective energy has brought about this change. The tireless and inexhaustible efforts of the Wilton Police Department can not be overstated or underestimated, and it is they who have honored Nick and his family with their badges and their efforts. Even when people were criticizing them for not bringing a faster resolution they were simply figuring out how to get it done.
    May this be the beginning of the real and whole truth, and of a healing for the community, and the families.

  • Anonymous

    Five years ago today, Nick Parisot was taken from the world by an incomprehensible act by at least one other young person. Thanks to the tireless efforts of police on both coasts and the support of so many citizens who gave voice to their concern, an arrest was made last year. The legal system is in process, and we pray for resloution that will give the Parisot family and all concerned some peace and closure from this tragedy.
    Today, please remember Nick and his love of nature, and joyful way of living. May he be an inspiration to all of us to be grateful for what we have every day when we wake up in the morning.