Vigil held in Texas to honor 7-year-old Athena Strand

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Vigil Athena Strand
Attendees offer their respect to a makeshift memorial for late Athena Strand after a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Cottondale in Paradise, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Strand went missing from her home in Wise County last week and her body was found Friday evening. (Shafkat Anowar/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

PARADISE, Texas (AP) — A 7-year-old Texas girl who was found dead last week after she was reported missing from her home is being remembered as “the best little girl” who loved animals, drawing and dancing.

Athena Strand was found dead Friday, two days after she was reported missing from her home in Paradise, Texas, a town of fewer than 500 people about 60 miles northwest of Dallas.

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Vigil Athena Strand

Authorities have not said how Athena died but Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said investigators believe she was killed shortly after she was kidnapped.