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Athena Strand update: Paradise, Texas community joins parents in grief over murder of 7-year-old ‘princess’

The body of Athena Strand, the seven-year-old girl from Texas who went missing on Wednesday has been found 6 miles away from her home, authorities said on Friday.Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said that a FedEx truck driver abducted Athena and that she likely died within an hour based on digital evidence and on a confession, CBS News reported.The driver, Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, is being held at the Wise County Jail on charges of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday for the child, who vanished the night before in Paradise.According to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the child was dropped off from school at her home in Paradise at 4.30pm on Wednesday. Her stepmother reportedly called police to report her missing around 6.40pm that day when she didn’t find Athena in her room after an argument.After confirmation of her death, Athena’s mother posted a heartbreaking statement on Facebook calling her a “princess” and calling her murderer a “cruel, sick monster”.
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Mother of Athena Strand says her ‘princess’ was taken by a ‘cruel monster’

The heartbroken mother of Texas schoolgirl Athena Strand has described the suspect who allegedly confessed to her murder as a “sick, cruel monster”.Athena, 7, disappeared from her home in Paradise, Texas, on Wednesday after having a disagreement with her stepmother. Her body was found in a ditch seven miles from the property on Friday. Police have arrested FedEx contract driver Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, on capital murder and abduction charges. In a Facebook post on Saturday, Athena’s mother Maitlyn Gandy wrote that she was struggling to describe “the pain and absolute anger” that she felt towards the alleged killer....
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FedEx Driver Confesses To Murder Of Missing 7 Girl

Athena StrandPhoto by(FOX 4) Recently, a horrendous tragedy took place. A man who was working as a driver for FedEx was arrested and charged with the unthinkable. The charges assert that he’d allegedly kidnapped and murdered a 7-year-old girl after driving to her home in Texas earlier this week.
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Athena Strand: Wise County community comes together to mourn 7-year-old girl

WISE COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — A rural Wise County community is mourning the loss of 7-year-old Athena Strand. On Wednesday evening, she was first reported missing by her stepmother. The Wise County Sheriff's office said Athena left the house by herself. After two days of searching, her body was found last night, several miles away from her house.The Wise County Sheriff's Office arrested 31-year-old Tanner Horner, a contracted driver for FedEx. They say he confessed to abducting Athena. The First Baptist Church of Cottondale was a gathering place for volunteers and Athena's family while the search for her was going on. Pastor Charles Pugh comforted them...
WISE COUNTY, TX
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Missing North Texas Girl Found Dead, FedEx Driver Arrested

The body of a 7-year-old Wise County girl has been found two days after she disappeared from her home, and a FedEx contract driver is accused of kidnapping and killing her. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin says the body of Athena Strand was found near the town of Boyd, northwest of Fort Worth, and about 10 miles from her home in Paradise.
WISE COUNTY, TX

Police Identify Tanner Horner as the Murderer of 7-Year-Old Athena Strand

31-year-old Tanner Horner is facing kidnapping and murder charges in the death of Athena Strand.Photo byScott Rodgerson/UnsplashonUnsplash. Law enforcement confirmed they found the body of Athena Strand, a 7-year-old who disappeared on Friday night after disappearing on Wednesday. Police have arrested 31-year-old Tanner Lynn Horner who now faces aggravated kidnapping and capital murder charges.
LAKE WORTH, TX
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Athena Strand: Community shaken by 7-year-old's killing

PARADISE, Texas - The community of Paradise is still shaken after the kidnapping and killing of 7-year-old Athena Strand in what appears to be a crime of opportunity. Investigators say Tanner Horner is the only suspect in the case, with no relation or connection to the family. Pastor Charles Pugh...
PARADISE, TX

Straight Talk: Don't be fooled by this package delivery scam

Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices. Online purchases and package deliveries skyrocket during the holiday season. Naturally, scammers use this opportunity to trick busy shoppers into giving out their personal information. Here is what you should know about a new twist on delivery scams.
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Candlelight vigil held for Raymond Green Vance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(KRDO)-- On Saturday, family, friends, and members of the Colorado Springs community gathered to celebrate the life of 22-year-old Raymond Green Vance, who died in the Club Q mass shooting. The funeral service was private, however, a dove release and candlelight vigil were open to the public. Both...
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
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Sunday morning top stories: 7-year-old found dead after being abducted

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Your Sunday morning brief,. The body of 7-year-old Athena Strand from Paradise has been found. She was found two days after her father reported her missing. A FedEx worker has been arrested, accused of taking Athena while making a delivery at his home. The story continues:...
PARADISE, TX

Avoiding porch pirates during the holidays

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With increased online shopping during the pandemic, porch pirates have been taking advantage of the opportunity to grab your packages— before you get the chance to. Jonathan Tolentino, a spokesperson for the Little Rock Police Department, said that they typically see an influx of...
LITTLE ROCK, AR

FedEx Driver Arrested in Kidnapping and Killing of Missing Texas Child: 'It Hurts Our Hearts'

Tanner Lynn Horner was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping after 7-year-old Athena Strand went missing Wednesday A FedEx driver has been arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping after allegedly taking a Texas girl from her home driveway earlier this week and killing her, authorities said. Seven-year-old Athena Strand, who was last seen Wednesday evening on County Road in the city of Paradise, was found dead Friday nearly 200 yards from her home, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told reporters...
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‘God intended it to hit me’: Alabama woman became first person struck by meteorite 68 years ago

What happened in Sylacauga was, without a doubt, a global anomaly. Never before and only once since has a human been struck by an extraterrestrial object. But it’s what happened in the wake of that November starfall – the media frenzy, the legal battles, the mental health struggles – may have had more of an impact on Ann Hodges when compared to the meteorite itself.
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Body Of 7-Year-Old Texas Girl Found, FedEx Driver Arrested

A 7-year-old Texas girl has been found dead, two days after being reported missing, and a FedEx delivery driver arrested in her death, authorities said. The body of Athena Strand was found Friday and Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, was arrested on kidnapping and murder charges after confessing to killing the girl and telling authorities where to find her body, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.
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