Remembering Zahra

Discussion in 'Zahra Clare Baker' started by panthera, May 21, 2011.

  1. panthera

    panthera Retired WS Staff

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    Kyle Busch wins truck race with Zahra "riding shotgun"

    CONCORD, N.C.-- In Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night, Kyle Busch said he had an angel riding with him as he took the checkered flag in a truck that featured Zahra Baker's name and picture.

    The Busch team chooses a child's name each week for a program they call "Riding Shotgun with Kyle." The child's name and picture are featured just above Busch's head on the No. 18 truck.

    This week, his wife Samantha encouraged him to honor the murdered child at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

    much more at http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Beth-story-122363024.html
     
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  3. Allusonz

    Allusonz New Member

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    Ok this simply made my day!!! It is the first time I had heard of this
     
  4. allycat1208

    allycat1208 New Member

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    I just learned and started reading about this case. Elisa Baker makes Casey Anthony look like an angel!
     
  5. panthera

    panthera Retired WS Staff

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    McDonald's joins fundraiser for Zahra's playground

    A big boost came Thursday in the effort by Kiwanis Club to raise money to build a playground in memory of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl authorities believe was murdered and then dismembered.

    Two checks totaling $25,000 was handed to Kiwanis officials by John Link, the owner of the McDonald's restaurant on highway 321 in Hickory.

    The donation comes from the Ronald McDonald charities. "It's a perfect fit for the money to go to," said Link.

    more at http://www.wbtv.com/story/15213549/mcdonalds-joins-fundraiser-for-zahras-playground
     
  6. ExpectingUnicorns

    ExpectingUnicorns . . . only the pure of heart can see.

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    I found a picture of it. Her photo and name appear just above the window opening. (You can barely make it out from this angle.) God bless Kyle Busch.

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  7. Nore

    Nore New Member

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    Goodnight Sweet Zahra.XOX
     
  8. chimpanzee

    chimpanzee New Member

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    The irony is that Zahra (& Elisa) were at a NASCAR promotion, where she got her hearing aid. NASCAR is HUGE (#2 watched sport on TV, even ahead of baseball), & does a lot of fan outreach. Most of the teams are headquartered in N. Carolina.

    "Anytime you can put a smile on a child's face, you know you've made a difference"
    -- All American Girl Racing (co-owner/driver Beccy Gordon, sister of Robby Gordon, NASCAR racer)


    Here's a feel good story about Robby Gordon & a little girl:

    http://www.speedtv.com/forums/viewthread/189731/P20/


    Both Robby Gordon & Kyle Busch are "controversial figures", very aggressive/talented racers who have a bit of edge. Both get a lot of flak for their "less than perfect" personal behavior, which is a consequence of their desire to win. Kyle was recently pulled over for speeding at over 100 mph (in N. Carolina) in his new sportscar.


    "His heart is in the right place [ Dr. Jeklyl ], but his on track decisions are questionable [ Mr. Hyde ]"
    -- fan on Robby Gordon

    Here is a video of R. Gordon at '07 Parker 400, where he's friendly with a couple of young girls (with another team) & invites 1 of them to ride in his Trophy Truck:

    http://robby-gordon.blogspot.com/2007/02/r-gordon-tt-77-bitd-07-parker.html

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    - parents

    - school
    red flags were observed

    - child protective services
    visits were made, but were understaffed

    - NASCAR
    did their job

    - neighbors
    observed signs of abuse

    - relatives

    - legal system
    total failure, as evidenced by Elisa's guilty plea to 2nd degree murder (16 yrs sentence). Got away with murder, so to say.


    In retrospect, Zahra was let down by the "system/establishment". Too bad, there wasn't a Robby Gordon around, who went in & "took control". (bypassed the system, & gave a needy girl a t-shirt).

    You will recall Zahra (1 legged, with prosthetic on missing leg) wanted a bike real bad, & Elisa subjected her to torture. Made her climb a hill. I think some enterprising bike company should make a signature edition bike call "Zahra". GT (well known bike company) had an elite series of mountain bike called Zaskar. With the insane gas prices, there's a real movement to biking, & what better promotion (to get kids into biking) than a "Zahra" bike.

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  9. Mountain_Kat

    Mountain_Kat Heca, firimar!

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    Thinking of you today, ((((Sweet Girl)))).
     
  10. Flakes

    Flakes New Member

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    Wishing you, sweet little girl, a very happy birthday x

    :cake4u:
     
  11. ynotdivein

    ynotdivein Retired WS Staff

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    Allusonz New Member

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    What a beautiful cake for a shining star.

    Happy Birthday Zahra
     
  13. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Active Member

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    A playground will be built in honor of Zahra:

    http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Groundbreaking--133947838.html

    HICKORY, N.C. -- Neighbors, city officials and local civic groups broke ground Wednesday on a playground for Zahra Baker on what would have been the murdered Hickory girl’s 12th birthday.

    The playground is called Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground and will be built at Kiwanis Park on 7th Street S.E.

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  14. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    Zahra, you live within all of us whose hearts and souls you touched. Fly free and fly far sweet child. May the children of hickory spend untold hours of joy running, climbing and giggling in the playground erected in your honor.
     
  15. FrayedKnot

    FrayedKnot Former Member

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    My baby's birthday is 11.26.01. So close and it breaks my heart. We lived in Charlotte for most of her childhood, too. I am sorry, sweet Zahra.


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  16. Linda7NJ

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    Thinking of you!


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  17. Nore

    Nore New Member

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    Always remembering you Sweet Angel. I think of you often. :blowkiss::rose:
     
  18. sreshowtime

    sreshowtime Active Member

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    Zahra was mentioned on another thread and I suddenly realized it has been over 3 yrs:(
    Sweet little gal, with a precious smile and a sunny outlook...one of the very first cases I followed and it impacted me greatly.
    RIP Dear girl...you are loved.
     
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    scmom New Member

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  20. Mountain_Kat

    Mountain_Kat Heca, firimar!

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    Weeping over her today.

    You are loved and remembered, Sweet One! :gday:
     
  21. FaerieB

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    So much time has passed since you were robbed of your existence. I want you to know that your life, and death, were not in vain. I think of you all the time; I grieve for the injustice of it all. Sweet, sweet Zahra, please know you're loved beyond measure, and you made a difference in so many lives including (and maybe most especially?) in those of people who never had the pleasure of meeting you during your stay on this earth. Rest easy, sweet child. :blowkiss:
     

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