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  • Signer_FullName: Kristen Schaeffer
  • Remote Name: 192.146.101.26
  • Date: 03/16/2006
  • Time: 01:14 PM

Comments

I still think about Tom often. He was an incredible person...I still have a note he wrote to me in religion class our Sophomore year. I went to visit his grave recently when I was in Knoxville but was unable to find it. It took quite a while to get to the point of thinking about him and not being sad, but now I smile every time I remember him. If I had to describe Tom in 2 words, it would be silly & reliable. He made me laugh but I always knew I could count on Tom. I miss him.


  • Signer_FullName: Liz
  • Remote Name: 72.148.66.215
  • Date: 10/26/2005
  • Time: 01:19 PM

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  • Signer_FullName: paulyn
  • Remote Name: 65.68.75.43
  • Date: 10/07/2005
  • Time: 10:40 AM

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REST IN PEACE. ADIEU


  • Signer_FullName: Corey K Ashby
  • Remote Name: 152.163.100.198
  • Date: 10/03/2005
  • Time: 05:46 PM

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God Bless You and your family. I hope you may have some peace in knowing that he is in a wonderful place now. May peace be with you always.


  • Signer_FullName: Sherrlyn Davis
  • Remote Name: 66.25.255.98
  • Date: 07/12/2005
  • Time: 09:03 PM

Comments

I know all too well the pain and emptiness you feel. I to loss my husband of 16 years to scum some 12 years ago. I always tell people that you don't get over the loss, you just learn how to live with it. My prayers are with you and yours. God keep your hands upon this family that they find comfort and peace with you. Rest In Peace Tom


  • Signer_FullName: Claire DeRocher
  • Remote Name: 24.183.199.170
  • Date: 07/12/2005
  • Time: 12:21 PM

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I really thank you for this website because I really want to be a lawyer when I grow up so thank-you for your time.


  • Signer_FullName: Sandy Cuthbertson
  • Remote Name: 196.36.80.163
  • Date: 07/04/2005
  • Time: 08:34 AM

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My heart goes out to you all. I have lost a son and I know you never get over the pain you just learn to live with it. Nothing I say will make you feel better but my thoughts are with you.


  • Signer_FullName: jennifer newman
  • Remote Name: 68.119.240.37
  • Date: 06/11/2005
  • Time: 01:12 PM

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I am deeply saddened by your loss. God Bless you.


  • Signer_FullName: Keith Downen
  • Signer_Email: kdownen@utk.edu
  • Remote Name: 160.36.138.233
  • Date: 06/07/2005
  • Time: 08:59 AM

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Wendy and I were saddened by the news of Tommy's mother's death. She has been a inspiration to us and are we gain hope through the reunion of their souls.


  • Signer_FullName: Lindah Braga
  • Signer_Email: mebo7992yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 208.252.126.227
  • Date: 05/23/2005
  • Time: 12:42 PM

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Bless you and may God continue to shine his light on you all. Words cannot begin to convey my sympathy to you. Stay strong and keep loving each other...know that you have an angel in heaven watching over you!


  • Signer_FullName: Kendra Smith
  • Signer_Email: kenjsmit@indiana.edu
  • Remote Name: 156.56.128.111
  • Date: 04/20/2005
  • Time: 12:46 PM

Comments

I am so sorry about your loss. I know it was awful for you. You all are in my prayers.


  • Signer_FullName: ila
  • Signer_Email: IlaBeez@hotmail.com
  • Remote Name: 24.250.251.103
  • Date: 04/13/2005
  • Time: 12:17 AM

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i am from tennessee and am disgusted to hear that our state allowed someone so unworthy to be apart of our society again. you are all in my prayers and truly hope that you all find peace. know that you have lots of love and support from family, friends, and even strangers. may your son rest in peace. he is watching over you all. your angel is safe now with God in heaven. again i am so extremely sorry. God bless your entire family.


  • Signer_FullName: KARIMA MOBARK (UK & EGYPT)
  • Signer_Email:
  • Remote Name: 195.93.21.70
  • Date: 03/22/2005
  • Time: 11:08 AM

Comments

I am so deeply sorry, I hope time and love heal your pain. x


  • Signer_FullName: ROSY
  • Signer_Email: ROSYLOVESRED13@AOL.COM
  • Remote Name: 152.163.100.198
  • Date: 02/02/2005
  • Time: 06:15 PM

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I JUST WANTED TO SAY SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM!!!!


  • Signer_FullName: Sharon Weil
  • Signer_Email: sorzy@wideopenwest.com
  • Remote Name: 69.47.166.178
  • Date: 12/23/2004
  • Time: 09:00 AM

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I was privileged to call Tom a friend throughout high school. He was an extremely talented individual, and more importantly, he was an outstanding person and wonderful friend. I still think of him often, and regret that it had to end so suddenly and tragically. I pray that the Lord continues to bring you healing and forgiveness. God bless you. Sharon Orzechowski Weil


  • Signer_FullName: Jackie Burgess
  • Signer_Email: Greenbugnut@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 192.103.152.43
  • Date: 12/15/2004
  • Time: 05:41 PM

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My Neighbor's son was murdered (15 months old) his killer received 27 years. I can only pray that they will not parole him after seven years. In the state I live in a Police Officer was murdered and his killer received life without parole. I guess a fifteen-month-old's life is not as important. Very angry at our system. So sorry for your loss.


  • Signer_FullName: Shannon Bostic
  • Signer_Email: Cluts_named_shannon@yahoo
  • Remote Name: 69.43.7.56
  • Date: 12/04/2004
  • Time: 08:35 PM

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Hi, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I wish that the man who did this would NOT have gotten out on parole. I'm 13 so sorry for misspelled words? (if any)


  • Signer_FullName: Robb Baer
  • Signer_Email: BaerRobb@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 152.163.100.198
  • Date: 11/24/2004
  • Time: 01:29 PM

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I was looking my Brother Tom's website up when I ran across this one. My condolences to the family of Tom. Obviously, (the name thing) hit home with me. Robb Baer


  • Signer_FullName: Vicky
  • Signer_Email: Tadertot@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 152.163.100.198
  • Date: 11/15/2004
  • Time: 02:45 PM

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So sorry for your loss, may God bless you and your family.


  • Signer_FullName: Maria Alvarez
  • Signer_Email: MAlvarez4f2@juno.com
  • Remote Name: 206.76.235.121
  • Date: 11/04/2004
  • Time: 08:53 PM

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I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND CAN NOT IMAGINE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH. YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. IT IS NOT JUSTICE THAT THE MURDERER WAS RELEASED ON PAROLE ONLY AFTER SIX YEARS IN PRISON. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR SON AGAIN.


  • Signer_FullName: Kathleen Baer Stovall
  • Signer_Email: kathleen@usnetmail.net
  • Remote Name: 12.202.183.132
  • Date: 07/29/2004
  • Time: 06:06 PM

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My brother was my best friend. Now he is my guardian angel. I love him and miss him terribly. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.


  • Signer_FullName: Scott Walkup
  • Signer_Email: scott_walkup@yahoo(spamblock).com
  • Remote Name: 205.188.116.203
  • Date: 07/23/2004
  • Time: 05:27 PM

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Rarely a day goes buy that I do not think about Tom. On the rear-view mirror of my truck hangs a Rosary. This is the same Rosary that Ann Langdon clasped as she prayed for Tom while he lay dying that horrible night. My heart continues to ache for you, the Baer family.


  • Signer_FullName: Ciera Daniels
  • Signer_Email: juve002001@yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 150.176.75.220
  • Date: 04/30/2004
  • Time: 08:18 AM

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Sorry about what happened and the killer should have gotten life in prison how can some get out so quick and others serve so much time and if I was a judge which I am not because only god can judge people I would have gave him life without parole.


  • Signer_FullName: Tiffany Hovey
  • Signer_Email: Nariadni@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 205.188.116.202
  • Date: 03/31/2004
  • Time: 02:22 AM

Comments

He is now a guardian angel looking down.


  • Signer_FullName: Khadijah Hassan
  • Signer_Email: chocolatedancer6972@yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 144.80.78.5
  • Date: 02/23/2004
  • Time: 11:53 PM

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May God Bless u. But may god also bless you to find him and kick his a*% he didn't deserve to die - it wasn't called for. Its always the talented smart people that die.


  • Signer_FullName: sylvia Martinez
  • Signer_Email: dont have one
  • Remote Name: 216.60.25.6
  • Date: 02/19/2004
  • Time: 02:48 PM

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I'm really sorry for what happened to your son. that man should have did his whole 17-years


  • Signer_FullName: hannah
  • Signer_Email: little_one1987@hotmail.com
  • Remote Name: 24.222.213.62
  • Date: 01/08/2004
  • Time: 06:50 PM

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i am sorry for your loss. i am so sorry


  • Signer_FullName: Barbara
  • Signer_Email: bbramsay1@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 24.218.121.235
  • Date: 11/10/2003
  • Time: 06:20 PM

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Tennessee legislators need to change the state's sentencing laws. The Baer family has been traumatized twice--having a son murdered and then having the killer released after serving just seven years.


  • Signer_FullName: Vicki Andrews
  • Signer_Email: buisnesslady912@yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 209.214.98.188
  • Date: 10/18/2003
  • Time: 01:50 PM

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My deepest sympathies for the family. I hope one day you can find peace after your tragic loss of a child. No one will ever know your pain. Please god knows the heart and he will ease your pain if you put him first.


  • Signer_FullName: brittney
  • Signer_Email: reds2hot@aug.om
  • Remote Name: 68.208.140.2
  • Date: 10/01/2003
  • Time: 02:06 AM

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If we could only take all your pain away. God bless your family


  • Signer_FullName: Kelsey
  • Signer_Email: kycoolj14@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 64.12.96.168
  • Date: 09/09/2003
  • Time: 11:36 PM

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Hello Tom's family... I'm so sorry to hear about your son! even though I didn't know him he seemed like a really great guy! I am a high schooler and we have a project on murder criminals and your site touched me! I want to be a lawyer when I grow up and defend people like John or defend little children who cannot defend themselves. If you ever need anyone to talk to about the tragedy in your family I'm always here for you... my e*mail is KyCoolJ14@aol.com i better go! byebye! signed... Kelsey


  • Signer_FullName: Kevin Terral Brewer
  • Signer_Email: www.kevinterralbrewer.net
  • Remote Name: 207.48.34.65
  • Date: 08/10/2003
  • Time: 02:43 PM

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Another August and I find myself here again thinking of Tom. He was so funny, always obsessing about safety and the welfare of others. I still feel the helplessness every time I think of that awful night. What a tragedy. Kevin T. Brewer


  • Signer_FullName: Bill Swiney
  • Signer_Email: swiney_b@msn.com
  • Remote Name: 66.182.148.53
  • Date: 06/04/2003
  • Time: 09:45 AM

Comments

May God give you a special strength in your time of grief.


  • Signer_FullName: erin
  • Signer_Email:
  • Remote Name: 64.18.33.6
  • Date: 05/27/2003
  • Time: 09:24 AM

Comments

sorry for your loss


  • Signer_FullName: nancy
  • Signer_Email:
  • Remote Name: 66.99.228.131
  • Date: 04/24/2003
  • Time: 12:57 PM

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sorry


  • Signer_FullName: Val Morgan
  • Signer_Email: vkbtm@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 12.215.181.106
  • Date: 03/09/2003
  • Time: 01:55 PM

Comments

So sorry for your loss. God bless.


  • Signer_FullName: William O. Cole
  • Signer_Email: voluntr@yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 208.143.158.5
  • Date: 02/14/2003
  • Time: 02:01 PM

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Phi Tau alum at UT (1990). I will never forget. We will never forget. All my love, Regards, Bill


  • Signer_FullName: jose hernandez
  • Signer_Email: eastsidaz3609@yahoo.com
  • Remote Name: 134.154.6.72
  • Date: 02/11/2003
  • Time: 11:38 PM

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i recently noticed that many unjustifiable homicides are more and more common in America. convicts are given more privileges than ever before. someone should put an end to this. my condolences to the family and friends of Thomas Baer and the prayer that God would punish all deserve to be punish and to bless the innocent. I'm quite confident your son is in a better place just like my girlfriend who unfortunately suffered the same fate not long ago, and my heart goes out to you and all who have lost a loved one. life is never fair so the greatest option left is to live on and never forget your loved ones....and to be grateful of what or whom you still have...god bless


  • Signer_FullName: crystal hawkins
  • Signer_Email: crysthwk@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 152.163.189.104
  • Date: 02/06/2003
  • Time: 04:01 PM

Comments

god bless you all.


  • Signer_FullName: CRYSTAL HAWKINS
  • Signer_Email: CRYSTHWK@AOL.COM
  • Remote Name: 152.163.189.104
  • Date: 02/06/2003
  • Time: 01:25 PM

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I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS GOD BLESS YOU.


  • Signer_FullName: Jennifer Taylor
  • Signer_Email: snakepeepel@hotPOP.com
  • Remote Name: 65.64.159.8
  • Date: 12/21/2002
  • Time: 10:40 PM

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  • Signer_FullName: Jenna Plourde
  • Signer_Email:
  • Remote Name: 24.151.33.206
  • Date: 11/22/2002
  • Time: 08:42 AM

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  • Signer_FullName: Carrie Lawrence
  • Signer_Email: rocket.girl@shaw.ca
  • Remote Name: 205.200.72.186
  • Date: 11/19/2002
  • Time: 04:40 PM

Comments

I, too, am a parent. Reading this story brought me to tears. What pain you people have endured and what an injustice that has been made towards your son. You will, from now on, be included in my prayers. From now on, I will hug my own child a little harder and hold him a little longer. God Bless You and your family.


  • Signer_FullName: Andrea Gagne
  • Signer_Email: s_adgagne@pstcc.edu
  • Remote Name: 198.146.207.20
  • Date: 09/26/2002
  • Time: 02:24 PM

Comments

I send my deepest condolences to you and your family...it sickens me to know I live in a state of injustice. I live in knoxville, tn.. I feel for the ignorance of the judicial system in your sons bravery.


  • Signer_FullName:
  • Signer_Email:
  • Remote Name: 204.211.191.3
  • Date: 09/06/2002
  • Time: 10:43 AM

Comments

letting you know that your story has touched another life. Your son may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Each person that looks into these web pgs. will help to share his story with another, and another look @ the judicial system will be taken, Another opinion on today's justice system will be made, and another voice will somewhere be heard. God bless.


  • Signer_FullName: Bruce Byrne
  • Signer_Email: byrne@b ellsouth.net
  • Remote Name: 68.34.100.39
  • Date: 07/16/2002
  • Time: 07:31 PM

Comments

Tom - I don't expect you to remember me, but I was one of your NE students at UC. I am saddened at reading about your son's death. I can't imagine a more difficult experience to deal with.

My son will start this Fall at the University of Georgia. I have forwarded this website to him so he can be aware that things like this can and do happy.

My sincere condolences.

Bruce BSNE 1974 Univ. of Cincinnati


  • Signer_FullName: Howard
  • Signer_Email: fltpckr@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 64.12.101.156
  • Date: 07/10/2002
  • Time: 01:56 PM

Comments

A very sad story and sad case of justice. My prayers are with you and your family.


  • Signer_FullName: Nickan M
  • Signer_Email: bonsai@casa.as
  • Remote Name: 213.114.155.39
  • Date: 05/29/2002
  • Time: 07:16 PM

Comments

Six years for taking a life..(!) When a friend's daughter got brutally murdered in 2001, the murderer was sentenced to 10 years...( First degree) And if he is a good boy he will be out after 5 years. This is the justice in sweden. I read in the paper today that a drug dealer is going to serve 10 years too. Beautiful 18 year old Jennifer's life was not worth more. It really stinks, and I think know what you feeling. Justice... for who?


  • Signer_FullName: janine Bramley
  • Signer_Email: hope@satlink.com.au
  • Remote Name: 203.19.222.2
  • Date: 05/03/2002
  • Time: 10:15 AM

Comments

The system let you down, and as usual criminals have more rights.

What is left is for those of us left behind to try and make a change to make a difference our loved one didn't die in vain.

Your son was a special person.


  • Signer_FullName: Ginger Durham
  • Signer_Email: starr_2@webtv.net
  • Remote Name: 209.240.222.32
  • Date: 04/09/2002
  • Time: 03:35 AM

Comments

I'm very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.


  • Signer_FullName: LORETTA SMITH
  • Signer_Email: Sal002@cs.com
  • Remote Name: 205.188.199.179
  • Date: 12/17/2001
  • Time: 10:55 PM

Comments

This is a very beautiful site and you had a very handsome son. My only sibling was murdered 8/10/2001 by a so called friend. He intervened in a domestic dispute took the beaten woman and was trying to get her to safety and 3 people followed him stopped his car he was beat, ran over, and left in the road for dead. I get some comfort from this site because i know i am not alone. I am very sorry for your family just by looking at his picture i can tell he would have done great things in life. Sincerely Loretta Smith


  • Signer_FullName: JULIE JARRETT
  • Signer_Email: JULIE.JARRETT@BI.COM
  • Remote Name: 204.133.124.250
  • Date: 10/25/2001
  • Time: 02:41 PM

Comments

I am very sorry to read about Tom's death. I work at a probation office in Georgia. I believe justice was not served in this case. It is unbelievable to hear that someone only served 7 1/2 years for murder. I have had people serve more than that for DUI. You have my sympathies and prayers. Julie


  • Signer_FullName: Kevin T. Brewer
  • Signer_Email: kevlesbrewer@wk.net
  • Remote Name: 207.48.34.91
  • Date: 10/23/2001
  • Time: 10:16 PM

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Hi. Tom was a friend and brother. I was in Memphis on that terrible night. When Scott Walkup called me, Tom was still living. By the time Scott called me back, Tom was gone. He was a fine young man.


  • Signer_FullName: Judy Bennett
  • Signer_Email: jben986602@aol.com
  • Remote Name: 205.188.197.164
  • Date: 09/07/2001
  • Time: 12:41 AM

Comments

I would like to say I am so sorry for your loss. God bless


  • Signer_FullName: efarlough
  • Signer_Email: efarlough@earthlink.net
  • Remote Name: 63.17.16.73
  • Date: 09/04/2001
  • Time: 05:41 PM

Comments

please except my deepest sympathy from my family and myself, my prayers are with you Ernestine / Donald's Mom




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