40 years later: Family remembers Girl Scout camp victim who signed last letter 'with love'
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The small folded up piece of blue paper in Sheri Farmer’s hands is a treasure. It has the last words her daughter Lori ever wrote her, “With love.”
“Bo and I have gone down this road and we have beautiful children,” said Sheri. “We have gone through this.”
In June of 1977, Sheri and Bo Farmer sent their vivacious, intelligent and loved daughter Lori to Girl Scout camp at Camp Scott in Locust Grove.
“She was the best big sister anybody could ask for,” said Misti Shannon.
Misti said Lori was more of a best friend than a big sister. However, during the summer of 1977, she had to take on a role she never wanted.
“They said your sister died last night, now you’re the big sister now,” remembered Misti.
In the early morning hours of June 13, 1977, Michelle Guse, Denise Milner and Lori Lee Farmer were assaulted and brutally murdered.
“I really believe God was most assuredly with Lori and those two girls,” said Sheri.
It wasn’t the only time Sheri and Bo’s faith would be tested. The man police charged with the murders, Gene Leroy Hart, was found not guilty by a jury.
“Who did this? Will we ever know? Did we let Lori down again,” said Sheri.
Time and faith turned out to be the glue the Farmers needed to put their world back together and start living again.
“We are proud of our children, who I feel like grew up with parents who were grieving. Who had many difficulties in processing all this, and yet they’ve all turned out to be amazing,” said Sheri.
For Misti, there are a lot of “what ifs” that come to mind when she thinks about her big sister.
“I wonder what our family would be like if she was still there, how many kids she would have and how close we would still be,” said Misti.
“But I don’t want anything to happen to anyone else in this family. What’s your prayer,” Sheri asked Bo.
“For peace, peace of mind,” said Bo.
Their daughter, more than a Girl Scout or a murder victim. She’s a big sister, a beloved eldest daughter and a child who will never be forgotten.