It had not been an easy childhood for Norman and Wallace his ten brothers and sisters growing up poor in Youngstown Ohio. Through it all, they said, it was Norman who held them together
Corrie Wallace: There was something about Norman. He just rubbed off on you. It was... he affected you with his kindness, his love. The joy he had…
And Norman was ambitious. After a few years working as a mortgage broker and a day trader, he applied to Case Western’s management school.
Corrie Wallace: He said, “I’m tired of being at a desk. I wanna do something different. I wanna help people.”
But Norman would never get a chance to fulfill his dream. Instead, he crossed paths with a stranger who shot him in the heart.
The family of the young man who was killed hopes Norman Wallace would finally be remembered less for how he had died, and more for how he had lived.
David Wallace: His number one scripture was ‘Do unto others as you want done unto you.’ Norman lived that and believed it.Corrie Wallace: He was just a beautiful person. He really was. He was special.Angela Wallace: I think Norman would want people to just live their dreams. And to not be afraid.