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. He gets a new puppy. He gets to play Lego(s) and tennis all day.” In a school assignment, Tommy described himself as a boy who "dreams of video games,” wants to be quarterback for the Colts, and "wonders how to dunk” a basketball. Stansberry said that aside from being a great athlete, Tommy had a great sense of humor. "One day he said ‘Father, are you any good at football?’” the priest recalled. "I looked at him and said ‘What do you think?’” "He looked puzzled and said, ‘Well probably not so good, but let me throw you a pass.” The boy threw the pass, and Stansberry missed. "Well, Father,” the priest recalled the boy saying, "You are bad at football. You’d never make it in the NFL. I guess it’s good you are a priest.” Services for Tommy Wolf were Friday afternoon at Christ the King Church, next to the private school the boy attended. Graveside services were held at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. One flower arrangement at the gravesite was decorated with tennis balls and a Nerf football.
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