Fatal Endings Leave Supporters Wondering

  Fatal Endings Leave Supporters Wondering

Posted by FoM on September 05, 2001 at 08:34:52 PT
By Jennifer Mack and Dee-Ann Durbin 
Source: South Bend Tribune 

It was a time to wonder and remember Tuesday for many friends and neighbors of two men killed in a standoff with police.Grover T. "Tom" Crosslin, 46, owner of Rainbow Farm Campground, known for its advocacy of marijuana, was fatally shot by an FBI agent Monday night after a standoff that began Friday. Rolland Rohm, 28, who lived with Crosslin, was shot by police Tuesday morning on the Rainbow Farm Campground property. 
Police said both were shot after pointing weapons at law enforcement officers.One man, who identified himself only as Travis, yelled at police late Monday night on Black Street, about two miles from Rainbow Farms, the 34-acre farm on nearby Pemberton Road that Crosslin owned. He and others were upset at the news that Crosslin had died, a response that returned Tuesday morning with the news that Rohm had met a similar fate.Not getting too close to police blocking the road, Travis yelled through a bullhorn, calling the police officers murderers.Other Crosslin supporters cried and huddled together at the corner of Black Street and White Temple Road, where a vigil was set up with tents, a bonfire and a small black-and-white television on which they watched news reports about the standoff unfolding.Together, they remembered their friends.Kathy Williams, who lives with Crosslin's brother, Larry Crosslin, in Elkhart, described Tom as an "awesome man."Last Christmas, Crosslin organized a gift-giving campaign for the children of Vandalia. She said some of the money for the gifts came from Tom's own pocket."All he asked for was his farm and to have that kid back," Williams said.The Michigan Family Independence Agency removed a 13-year-old boy that Crosslin helped raise from his home in May. The boy was the biological son of Rohm.Geary Albright, of Elkhart, who has been dating Crosslin's sister Shirley DeWeese, said that Tom Crosslin was a generous man, moving to the Vandalia farm to find peace and quiet.Albright stayed out of work Tuesday to be as close to Crosslin as he could get.Crosslin "was like a brother to me."That brotherly embrace was shared at the encampment.Buzz Daily, a 44-year-old Cass County farmer, said Tuesday, "I am heartbroken. I don't think they went into this trying to hurt anyone."Daily and others said they weren't sure what would happen to Rainbow Farm. But he urged those who support marijuana legalization to come to the funerals for Crosslin and Rohm. Funeral arrangements were pending Tuesday.By Jennifer Mack and Dee-Ann Durbin, Tribune Staff Writer & Associated Press Writer. Source: South Bend Tribune (IN)Author: Jennifer Mack and Dee-Ann DurbinPublished: September 05, 2001Copyright: 2001 South Bend TribuneContact: vop sbtinfo.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Rainbow Farm Campground Standoff's Violent End Upsets Few in Vandalia Known for Sex, Drugs -- Now Deaths Articles - Crosslin 

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Comment #1 posted by Poisoned1500Days on September 05, 2001 at 08:43:09 PT

Why do they not user water cannons?
The FBI should have armoured water cannons for this sort of problem. Then they don't have to kill people.They would have saved a lot of lives at Waco and they would have saved a lot of lives here. This is existing offthe shelf technology. 
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