Steven Nelson had decided he wanted to be a nurse. He had spent his teens in trouble and his early 20s in prison. Finally, in his mid-30s, with a steady job as a receptionist in an urgent care and five kids to support, he believed he had found his calling. Steven Nelson, left, singing to his grandmother on her birthday. Source: Hawkins family home video. “He tried to get his life together,” said Gloria Hawkins, Steven’s mother.