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Template:COI Original short description: "American journalist, artist"
Michael Philip Tokars, is an American musician and writer. He lives in Bradenton, Fla.
Early years, mother's murder, and education
Mike Tokars was born in Atlanta, Ga. in 1988 to Fred Tokars, a trial attorney and part-time traffic judge, and his wife, Sara, a schoolteacher. On November 29, 1992, at the age of four, Tokars witnessed his mother's murder near the family's home in suburban Cobb County. Mrs. Tokars was killed by a shotgun blast to the head after she and her sons were abducted from their garage by the shooter, a 24-year-old crack addict named Curtis Rower. Tokars's older brother, Rick, also witnessed the killing, and served as a principal witness for the prosecution during the ensuing murder trial. The boys' father was eventually implicated, tried and convicted of masterminding the murder for hire plot, as was his business associate, Eddie Lawrence. Mr. Tokars was also convicted of a number of charges related to organized crime, including money laundering and racketeering; he remains incarcerated, in Federal witness protection, and has always maintained that he is innocent of his wife's murder, which prosecutors allege was ordered to prevent Mrs. Tokars from exposing his illicit dealings.
Tokars grew up in Bradenton, Fla. He was baptized Catholic, and attended Catholic school as a boy. In 2006 he graduated from Manatee High School, home of the Hurricanes. He subsequently attended Manatee Community College, Tallahassee Community College, and the University of South Florida, earning his bachelor's degree in history in 2011.
Career and skateboarding
As a writer / reporter, has contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Bradenton Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The National Memo. From 2016 - 2017, Tokars worked as a researcher and editor for the Emmy Award winning television show Crime Watch Daily With Chris Hansen.[no citations needed here]
Tokars is the inventor of one skateboarding trick, called The Toke Out, and ollie boneless 360 board varial in which the skater grabs the nose of the board with his or her back hand.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hsKnAIEyBqE
- R R. McDonald (1 June 1998). Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars--A Southern Tragedy of Money, Murder, and Innocence Betrayed. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-380-77752-5. https://books.google.com/books?id=Xxt5E4sSYn4C.
- "Notorious Atlanta convict turns prosecution witness". ajc.com. http://www.ajc.com/news/notorious-atlanta-convict-turns-prosecution-witness/fYCfvLMRSx71Srj0SkGYAI. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- "Where are they now? Mike Tokars - Atlanta Magazine". atlantamagazine.com. http://www.atlantamagazine.com/90s/where-are-they-now-mike-tokars/. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
- "Mike Tokars - Muck Rack". muckrack.com. https://muckrack.com/mike-tokars. Retrieved 2017-05-11.