Vigil for Tower Tom November 8

We welcome the community to join us tonight for a vigil is being held for Thomas Pena, who called himself Tower Tom, Friday evening, November 8, 6:00 at the canal near Belmont and Fulton.

While he didn’t have a house, Tower District was his home. Tower Tom was not just any individual on the streets in the Tower District. He was every part of the Tower District. For over ten years that he resided in the Tower District Community, he cleaned the community by sweeping it with a handmade broom or a Dollar Tree broom or a leaf blower. He also picked up at least 50 needles a day trying to protect children from seeing them or pick them up accidentally. He did a lot for his community and he was targeted also.”

his vigil is also to raise awareness about our street family members who are out here; how many of them are true angels; how many of them truly care about our community; how many of them want to see our streets clean and drug free. He was that man. He was that man. He was somebody who cared about his house and his house was the Tower District.

3 Replies to “Vigil for Tower Tom November 8”

  1. Thank you all
    Tom was my best Friend for over 10 yrs
    I took him to all my office locations .
    I enjoyed spending my time with him he was truly talented with a big heart and a gift to gab …but most of all he had this intoxicating laugh.
    I will truly miss my Friend
    Love always Paul C


  2. Tom was my dad… He was the man who is the reason why my three brothers and I are proud to be the children raised by a single mother who sacrificed everything to ensure that we were healthy, clothed, fed and supported in every possible way. I know that many people see him in a different light than I was ever able to due to his 15 years of absence in my life and that’s okay. I never received the opportunity to meet this “kind and giving man” that many speak so highly of, but I am grateful that he was able to help others even if it meant not being apart of any of my brothers and I’s milestones in life… including graduations, a marriage, the birth of his first and only granddaughter or even a mere track meet or football game. I do not know who will see this, but if you were apart of his life- I would like to thank you. I mean that in the most genuine way. Thank you for keeping him company and maybe even giving him a reason to smile.
    -B. Peña


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