The mom of a 7-year-old Texas woman allegedly kidnapped and killed by a FedEx driver slammed the suspect as an “absolute monster.”
The physique of Athena Strand was present in Boyd, Texas, on Friday, after she was apparently taken from her bed room in Paradise, earlier within the week.
Athena’s mother, Maitlyn Gandy, 26, thanked those that’d helped seek for Athena and condemned the person accused of taking her in a sequence of scathing social media posts.
Tanner Horner, 31, was arrested in Athena’s disappearance and dying and charged with capital homicide and aggravated kidnapping.
“Athena is harmless, lovely, variety, clever, and simply the brightest, happiest soul you might ever meet,” Gandy wrote.
“I don’t need her to be the woman often known as the one murdered and discarded by a monster. I would like everybody to know, each single particular person on this world, that that is my child and my child was taken from me.
“Athena’s case and the trial towards absolutely the monster that took her from me, Could very effectively get moved to a different county or district in Texas because of the massive group involvement (which I’m so grateful for),” Gandy wrote, asking others to share her daughter’s story and picture.
“I don’t want the bastard that took my child from me and brutally murdered her to go to any metropolis, city, county, state, or nation with out each single particular person understanding her face,” she added.
“Thanks for locating my child,” Gandy wrote in a separate publish voicing gratitude to the legislation enforcement businesses and volunteers who helped seek for her daughter. “I do know everybody needs this could have ended in a different way.”
Athena was within the care of her stepmother when she went lacking, authorities mentioned.
Police mentioned they consider Horner, a FedEx driver, kidnapped the woman when he delivered a package deal to her house across the time she disappeared, CBS reported.
“We knew early on within the investigation that there had been a FedEx driver, made a supply in entrance of the home, about the identical time that little Athena, 7-year-old Athena, got here up lacking,” Sensible County Sheriff Lane Akin mentioned.
Athena probably died “throughout the very hour or so after her departure from her house,” mentioned Akin, who didn’t disclose her reason behind dying.
Horner reportedly confessed to the kidnapping.
He’s being held on $1.5 million bail.