Nichols Hills third-grader’s love of sports remembered

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: November 21, 2009 at 12:38 am •  Published: November 21, 2009
With hundreds of people gathered Friday to remember the life of 9-year-old Tommy Wolf, the Rev. Rick Stansberry addressed the question likely on everyone’s mind. Why?

"This is one of those times in which there is no real explanation,” the priest said during his funeral homily for the third-grader who was stabbed to death in his family’s kitchen in Nichols Hills. "And even if we could explain it fully, it would not change the outcome.”

A copy of Stansberry’s homily was provided to The Oklahoman after the service. The funeral was not attended by the media.

A police affidavit says Tommy’s father, Dr. Stephen Wolf, 51, killed his son in the middle of the night. The doctor thought his son had "the devil in him," police said.

"Monday, when this all happened, was cloudy, cold and dreary,” Stansberry said. "But just a couple of days later, the sun shone again brightly. While it may seem dark now, the sun will shine again.”

While survivors are left with feelings of grief and anger and loss, Stansberry said, Tommy is removed from such earthly pains.

"As one of his classmates said,” the priest related, "he is in Heaven.


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