Answers For Athena
Athena Strand, 7, was found dead on December 2, two days after a FedEx driver kidnapped and killed her after making a Christmas delivery to her father’s home in Paradise, Texas.
Tanner Horner, 31, was arrested and has been indicted for capital murder and aggravated kidnapping. He is being held in the Wise County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.
The outpouring of grief and support has been overwhelming in Wise County and beyond, where students and residents have been wearing pink in honor of the free-spirited first-grader.
Strand’s mother, Maitlyn Gandy, retained Varghese Summersett to assist in various aspects of this case, which has garnered extensive media attention and has the public demanding justice, both criminally and civilly.
This page contains information about the latest developments in the case, scheduled events, and ways to support the family during their extraordinary journey through grief. It will be updated regularly.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Feb 17, 2023
December 8, 2022 Press Conference
Varghese Summersett Injury Law Group Press Releases
> February 21, 2023: Athena Strand’s Mother Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Accused Killer, FedEx and Big Topspin
> Febuary 16, 2023: Statement from Maitlyn Gandy Regarding Indictment of Tanner Horner
> January 20, 2023: Mattel Donates 2000 Barbies and Toys to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Memory of Athena Strand
> December 8, 2022: Press Conference Statement from Maitlyn Gandy, Mother of Athena Strand
> December 6, 2022: Mother of 7-Year-Old Athena Strand to Speak During Press Conference
Athena Strand COED Softball Birthday Tournament
How to Give
→ GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/4221d182
→ First Baptist Church Cottondale
- Online: Go to fbcottondale.com, select “give,” select “to the Strand” family;
- Text: Text the word “give” to 940-400-0144;
- In Person: There is an offering box in the foyer of the church, 145 CR 3355, Paradise
→ First National Bank of Marlow – Comanche Branch
P.O. Box 10
Comanche, OK, 73529
→ Let a Soul Shine Foundation: https://givebutter.com/letasoulshinefoundation
“It’s not just about painting and customizing a casket, it’s about helping families start their healing process.” -Trey Ganem
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