"Tommy B Hoopin' In Heaven" Fundraiser

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Jan 16, 2017 at 5:10 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The Sartell community came together to remember former varsity basketball standout Tom Bearson at 'Tommy B Hoopin in Heaven' Friday night.

Players and coaches from both teams, along with the majority of the crowd wore Tom's favorite color bright green shirts, sold at the game.

All the proceeds from the 'Hoopin in Heaven' shirts go to the Tom Bearson Foundation.

"It's a very emotional time and moment for us, and it just brings back so many unbelievably great memories that we have in this gym," said Tom's dad and President of the Tom Bearson Foundation, Greg Bearson.

Bearson went missing on September 20th 2014 while at a party during his freshman year at North Dakota State University. His body was found three days later in a Moorhead RV Park.

"As a community it shows that we're so tight knit that we can come together in such hard times, and not just for the death of a friend but for anything," longtime friend of Tom, TJ Bevans said.

Law enforcement have ruled Bearson's death a homicide, but the case remains open and unsolved.

"We believe strongly that they're going to solve this case, that it's just a matter of time," Greg said.


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