7-year-old girl kidnapped and killed by a delivery boy who brought her his “Christmas present”

Accused of kidnapping and killing Athena Strand, FedEx driver Tanner Lynn Horner was delivering the girl’s Christmas present when he got an urge. Then he ran away with her.

The story is harrowing. Seven-year-old Athena Strand was found dead on Friday, December 2. The authorities discovered his lifeless body a few kilometers from his home, which is located in the city of Paradise in the United States, the New York Post reports. At the moment, the causes of her death are not yet known, but according to the latest revealed elements, the girl would have died a few hours after her disappearance.

Soon a man was arrested and charged. A certain Tanner Lynn Horner, a delivery man for the FedEx company. Those fingerprints would have allowed him to be charged. In the thirties, the man finally confessed to the murder. “We knew from the beginning of the investigation that there had been a FedEx delivery person that he had made a delivery in front of the house around the same time that little Athena disappeared,” the sheriff told a press conference.

“It’s a gift she will never receive”

According to information reported by the victim’s mother, Maitlyn Gandy, who also spoke at a press conference, Tanner Lynn Horner left her daughter’s Christmas present (a set of Barbie dolls) outside the front door on the evening of November 30 before grabbing her by the arm and taking her away .

“Athena was robbed of the opportunity to grow up to be everything she wanted to be. And this gift ordered by innocence and love is a gift she will never receive,” she said. “Like many children around the world, Athena’s favorite holiday was Christmas. The joy she felt at that time is a feeling we will never feel here again.”

So that a tragedy like this never happens again, she called for stricter vetting policies for delivery drivers.

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