About Karl

Karl T. Harford

A Good Samaritan

Karl was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet! He’d do anything for a friend and anything to make friends. Upon meeting Karl, he was shy at first ~ but once he felt comfortable, you could not ask for a better friend. Karl was a joy and a wonderful person to know. He was a gentle man with a kind soul. He would go out of his way to help anyone. Karl and his brother, Brian, were best friends. They shared a close group of friends. Karl and Brian did most things together ~ they were a tight pair.

Karl was a hard worker, responsible, honest, ethical, and motivated to succeed. He was gifted in math. That was apparent at a very early age. He enjoyed anything with numbers or critical and analytical thinking skills. The summer between 5th and 6th grade he participated in the “Big M” camp at Ball State University for gifted math students. He enjoyed playing chess and card games. He also had a love for playing and watching football and basketball games. Karl successfully completed an internship with an accounting company in Indianapolis his senior year of high school. He helped build financial statements and data for the company. Later, he was a shift manager of an Arby’s restaurant where learned management and leadership skills.

On March 6, 2004 Karl was a sophomore at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. That evening he joined a group of his friends for a social gathering at one of the friend’s off campus residence. Later that night he gave a ride home to three young men he had just met that evening. The three strangers robbed him of two dollars, murdered him, and stuffed him in the back seat of his own car. He was found the next day in an alley when the criminals abandoned his car after wrecking it. Karl lost his life at age 20 trying to help others.

Karl enjoyed being with family and friends. He had a very big heart to go along with his big smile! Karl died the way he lived ~ helping others.

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