Keith Odom

Keith Odom

It's hard to believe that it has been more than a month since we lost our beloved son, Keith Odom. He was the trucker from Tennessee who was robbed, shot and killed in Baton Rouge on Aug. 8. He was just a hard-working, fun-loving person who was doing his job (repairing a tire on his trailer) before making a delivery nearby. Who would have dreamed at 8 a.m. in a busy shopping center that something so tragic could happen? It was a senseless thing, and we in no way have hard feelings toward the good people of Baton Rouge.

We must send our deepest appreciation to Baton Rouge Police Detective Logan Collins and his staff for their swift action and keeping us, the family, informed every step of the way. Thankfully, they made an arrest the following day. To all the witnesses who came forward to try to help our son and offer information on this incident to the police, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

If there should be any others who saw anything at all during this incident, please contact the Baton Rouge police. It is still an active case, and any info might be helpful. And to all the good people in the Baton Rouge area, we have to offer our deepest appreciation for all the lovely cards and letters. They offered their love and support during our grieving process. We know there are a lot of good people in Baton Rouge (as there are everywhere in this great country of America). All we seem to see on the news are the negative things happening. It's time to hear some good, uplifting things as well.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention how his "trucker family" came forward with support for Keith and his tragedy. Unknown truckers were dropping off money at his place of employment. They were lighting up their trucks in remembrance of Keith. A fellow trucker (whom Keith had met in his travels) came and sang Keith's favorite song during the funeral. The song was "Brothers of the Highway," performed by the artist who recorded it — none other than Tony Justice. Other trucker friends led the procession to Keith's final resting place at Cherokee Baptist Church. I'm sure if Keith was watching down from above, he would have been pleased with the outpouring of love and support that was shown for him.

From all the cards and letters we have received, I must say, Keith had a positive influence on a lot of lives throughout his short life. I'm just sorry it had to be cut short through such a senseless act. He gave the man his wallet, phone, etc. Why, oh why, did he have to take his life? Our lives will never be the same. There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

Thanks for listening as I continue to grieve. And to the people of Baton Rouge and all over, please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Paulette and Kenneth Odom

mother and father of Keith Odom

Jonesborough, Tennessee