Deepest condolences to Turku

Tom of Finland was born Touko Laaksonen in 1920 in Southwest Finland. The town was Kaarina and the area where he grew up is now part of the City of Turku.

The Laaksonen siblings, c.1923: From left to right – Touko; Kaija, the baby; Salme, the oldest; Hely; and Pentti.

We send our deepest condolences to Tom’s family who still live in the area, our friends there, and all that are affected by the acts of violence in Turku. We commend the people in the city, Finns and visitors, who showed compassion and courage in helping the victims.

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