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    GA - Tara Baker, 23, Athens, 19 Jan 2001

    I saw this on Haunting Evidence last night and it was so sad to see her mother...... This was a horrible murder, she was beaten, stabbed then her apartment set on fire. Alot of forensic evidence lost in fire...

    It was six years ago on Friday when a 23-year-old UGA law student was murdered in her Athens apartment., which the killer then torched to cover his tracks.

    Since that day, Tara Baker’s family has waged a non-stop battle to find justice for the young student.

    When Lindsay Baker buried his daughter in 2001, the part of the cemetery that she was buried in was all but empty. But now, six years later, Tara Baker is no longer alone. And there is still no justice for the murdered law school student.

    “Next to the tiny angels who guard the grave, there is a small granite monument chiseled with the scales of justice. A promise etched in stone to the young student who loved the law that one day, the police will catch a break in her case.

    “In the last year or so, there’s been a change of command,” said Lindsay Baker. “Some new faces brought in, some fresh ideas, and things are starting to move a little bit. Not that they’ve solved it yet, but I think they’re doing the right things.”

    As important as the writing on the front of the headstone, is the empty space on the back. Because this is the unfinished chapter -- the place where the rest of Tara's story will be written -- hopefully, with the arrest of her killer.

    “There's someone out there that killed my daughter, and someday, definitely in the next life, but hopefully in this life, he's going to have to face it and I just hope I'm still around to see it,” said Lindsay.
    http://www.11alive.com/news/article_...?storyid=90793
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    Bumping.

    I came across Tara's story not too long ago and started reading about her.

    Here is a link to her family's website about her:
    http://www.tarabaker.com/index.html

    Under the Articles tab I think they have posted just about every article written about her.

    Her front door was locked and deadbolted from the inside. I don't think LE has released if there was forced entry. If there was not then that would lead one to the conclusion that Tara knew her killer and had let them in willingly. For whatever reason I don't feel like this was someone Tara knew at all or if she did she did not know them very well.
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    GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION -- UNSOLVED HOMICIDE

    TARA LOUISE BAKER

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    Incident Date: Fri, 01/19/2001
    Location: Residence located at 160 Fawn Drive, Athens
    Sex: Female

    On January 19, 2001, around 11:20 a.m., the body of Tara Louise Baker was found by Athens-Clarke County firefighters responding to a fire at her apartment located at 160 Fawn Drive, Athens. Subsequent investigation has determined that the fire was intentionally set and the manner of death is homicide.

    Tara was a first-year law school student at the University of Georgia (UGA). Tara, 23, was last seen alive by a friend around 7:30 p.m. on January 18 at the UGA Law School Library. The same friend received a call at 9:46 p.m. from Tara, who was still at the library. Tara phoned to make sure her friend arrived home safely and said she planned to leave the library around 10 p.m.

    Tara was born on January 20, 1977 in East Point, Georgia. She graduated Love Joy High School in 1995 and enrolled at Georgia College in Milledgeville. She graduated Cum Laude in 1998 with two bachelor's degrees. Classmates remember Tara as a caring person who would often champion the cause of the underdog and never allowed serious students to be excluded from study groups or class projects.

    Anyone who may have information about Tara's death should contact: The Athens-Clarke County Police Department at 706-613-3337 or the GBI's Athens Regional Office at 706-542-7901.
    http://gbi.georgia.gov/case/unsolved-homicide-381
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    Student's murder remains unsolved after 11 years
    The Red & Black
    Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:16 pm
    Jacob Demmitt

    “I’ve come to the realization that my sister’s killer may never be caught,” Tara’s sister Meredith Baker told The Red & Black in 2008. “But we owe it to Tara to keep pushing her story. That’s the only way we have a chance for justice.”
    UGA student's death a decade-old mystery
    Killer never found for law student Tara Baker
    By Joe Johnson
    Morris News Service
    Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 5:34 AM

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    Witnesses reported seeing a white man in a T-shirt and jeans run from Baker's backyard that morning before the fire was reported, police said.

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    The first-year UGA law student had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and possibly sexually assaulted, sources said, an indication that Baker may have known her killer - perhaps someone who was enamored with her and flew into a rage when she spurned his advances.

    The only thing taken from the home was Baker's laptop computer, which might have held e-mails that would have incriminated the killer, sources said.
    ^Much more at the link

    Authorities release Baker death certificate
    Online Athens
    Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Police had refused to release the document because they didn’t want to publicize the cause of death, something they said only Baker’s killer would know.

    A $30,000 reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest of Baker’s killer. Anyone with information should call Athens-Clarke police at (706) 613-3337 or the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at (706) 613-3342.
    ^Cont. at the link

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    I had not been familiar with this case. Thanks for the new links, bessie. I'm sure you, along with me, cannot help but think of Lauren G. reading about Tara.

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    Indeed. I only pray that 10 or 20 years from now Lauren's family isn't waiting for answers as Tara's family does today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    Indeed. I only pray that 10 or 20 years from now Lauren's family isn't waiting for answers as Tara's family does today.
    I'll join you in that one -- and let's include that Tara's family will not have to wait much longer, either.



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