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Beth Tielker Fannin

In honor of Steven F. Tielker

A man on probation for child molestation made an appointment to see his counselor and his probation officer. On the morning of April 28, 1997, that meeting took place. About 30 minutes into the meeting, all three men were dead. The probationer shot and killed the probation officer, the counselor, then himself. The counselor was my brother Steve.

Steve had a Masters in Social Work and was highly respected in his profession. He specialized in working with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. But his profession was not his life. He left behind his wife and a 13-year-old daughter, who was his world. My sister and I lost our big brother, and our parents lost their only son and firstborn child. Steve loved playing guitar, camping, running, reading and his dog. He also enjoyed skeet and trap shooting with our dad. Steve was truly one of the good guys. My heart will hurt forever.

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