The grandfather of a 7-year-old Texas lady who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a FedEx driver mentioned that though he needs “5 minutes alone in a cell with the psycho,” he forgives the heartless suspect.
Grandfather Mark Strand, whose granddaughter Athena Strand was discovered lifeless in Boyd, shared his anguish after her alleged killer, Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, was charged with capital homicide and aggravated kidnapping.
“This flesh, this man that I’m, is offended and I would like 5 minutes alone in a cell with the psycho that took our Athena away from us, however there’s a comfortable light voice at the back of my head telling me I have to forgive him,” the grief-stricken grandfather wrote on Fb on Friday.
“This flesh man, needs that psycho to burn in hell for all eternity, but that light voice continues to inform me, I have to forgive him,” he continued.
“This flesh man hopes he stays blind and deaf to the message of salvation and by no means units foot in the identical heaven that I do know in my coronary heart my darling Athena resides in now and but, that light voice persists,” he added.
Strand defined that he selected to forgive the monster as a result of “Hate is a robust drive that can take root in your soul,” including that “God needs to guard us all from that Hate.”
He acknowledged that “in the event you stood that man earlier than me proper now, due to the hate that’s making an attempt to root itself in my thoughts, I’d most likely kill him.
“Then that hate would root itself in my coronary heart and I’d be destroyed,” Strand wrote, as he described hate as “the gateway for the Evil we see rising on the earth at present.”
Strand went on to jot down that “there’s not one ounce of my flesh that desires to do that or say this, however my spirit has heard God’s voice and proper now, whereas tears flood my eyes, I declare publicly that I forgive this man! Hate is not going to win.”
He mentioned he hoped his household would perceive his forgiveness, writing that “I do that to honor our valuable Athena who knew no hate.
“This man received’t be allowed any actual property to reside in my mind, he belongs to God and God’s justice will performed,” Strand added.
The devastated man issued his highly effective message after Athena’s mom, Maitlyn Gandy, 26, condemned Horner as an “absolute monster.”
“Athena is harmless, stunning, variety, clever, and simply the brightest, happiest soul you could possibly ever meet,” she wrote.
“I don’t need her to be the lady often called 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,” Gandy continued.
“Athena’s case and the trial towards absolutely the monster that took her from me, Might very properly get moved to a different county or district in Texas as a result of massive group involvement (which I’m so grateful for),” she wrote.
“I are not looking for 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 figuring out her face,” Gandy added.
Athena was within the care of her stepmother when she was kidnapped by the FedEx driver, who was delivering a package deal to her house, authorities have mentioned.
Police discovered her physique Friday evening and mentioned they consider she was killed inside an hour of being kidnapped Wednesday.
Clever County Sheriff Lane Akin mentioned Horner has confessed to the surprising crime.
The Publish has reached out to FedEx for remark.