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.
Varghese Summersett Injury Law Group Press Release
Athena Strand Memorial Birthday Tournament
August 12, 2023
Duncan Sports Park & Activity Center
400 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., Duncan, OK 73533
Hosted: Maitlyn Gandy
May 13 – 14
(Past) Athena Strand COED Softball Tournament
Kenny Renshaw Park
2705 FM-51 Decatur TX
Call or text 817-690-9869 to sign up
Purchase a sweatshirt or jersey: https://athenastrong.itemorder.com/shop/home/
(Past) Pink Out Ride for Athena
December 18, 1:00 p.m.
Meet at 411 South Broadway Marlow, OK
How to Give
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
“It’s not just about painting and customizing a casket, it’s about helping families start their healing process.” – Trey Ganem
Tips, Leads, Information
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