Athena Strand’s Mother Speaks of ‘Firsts’ Without Her Daughter, Grateful for Prayers, Support

The mother of 7-year-old Athena Strand, whose daughter was abducted and murdered last month, addressed the media during a press conference held on Thursday morning, sharing her thoughts and experiences.

Investigators stated that a FedEx driver, who delivered a package to the girl’s home, confessed to the crime and mentioned that it occurred on Nov. 30 in front of her residence on Strand.

Maitlyn Gandy, along with her lawyer, Benson Varghese, perused the subsequent declaration:

Please help me by keeping the light shining on Athena. Please show up on our children’s doorsteps, wearing uniforms and delivering monsters. We must put these hiring and screening policies into place. Our voice is her voice. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for her, enduring unbearable grief and pain, knowing that there is no other family to endure it for her. At the time of Athena’s abduction, she was staying with her father and stepmother in Paradise, Texas, playing with the children within the bounds of her father’s property. The delivery driver admitted to killing and kidnapping my innocent 7-year-old daughter. This Friday, he confessed to the heinous act. We will never feel the same with her again. This present represents the love and innocence that was taken away from us. Athena was robbed of the opportunity to grow up and be anything she wanted. This package contains “Barbies” and anything else you can imagine. This is the package. On November 30th, a FedEx delivery man drove onto Athena’s father’s property to deliver this package, which was meant to be a Christmas present for our daughter. My name is Maitlyn Gandy, and I am the mommy of Monroe Strand Presley Athena. Thank you all for being here. Good morning.

Gandy expressed her comments subsequent to Varghese’s statement that the immediate objectives are to support the family in their grieving process, while the ultimate objectives involve determining who should be held responsible for her demise.

“Athena’s family, our immediate focus is on mourning her loss and doing everything we can to support them during this difficult time,” said Varghese, managing partner of Varghese Summersett. “We are determined to thoroughly investigate what happened and why, in order to hold any corporation or individual accountable for their actions or inactions that may have contributed to this tragic death. We will leave no stone unturned in our quest to obtain answers for Athena. Additionally, we extend a warm welcome to corporations like FedEx, who deliver packages to our homes.”

The mourning family has held a number of vigils this week to show their support for the communities moving forward, as Strand Athena for Texas North.

A personal burial will take place on Friday, December 9th. A GoFundMe has been set up for the family at this location.