Chilling lyrics from songs written by the FedEx driver and aspiring musician accused of murdering seven-year-old Athena Strand have been revealed, including the ominous line “sometimes I hear him cry”.
Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, is accused of snatching baby Athena from her home in Paradise, Texas, before killing her and dumping her body in a ditch about six miles away.
Police said he confessed to the heinous crime and was charged with capital murder and kidnapping.
After his arrest, the aspiring musician’s somber lyrics to songs and disturbing social media posts surfaced.
In a December 2014 Instagram post, he wrote, “Sometimes I hear her cry. Silence is the dirtiest trick of life. If I’m so empty, why do I feel alive.
“Let’s go back one last time. When you breathe, you lie. Pretty thing keep your mouth shut and those legs tangled.
In other social media posts seen by the independent, the suspect repeatedly uses a racial slur and brags about a dagger he says he received as a gift.
“The dagger my older brother gave me YEARS ago!” he captioned an image of the golden blade in December 2014.
That same month, he posted a picture of himself in bed with the caption, “Laying in bed just thinking about fucking you lol nigga I’m the shit!” Haters will hate ^-^”
In another post, he simply shared an image of this quote: “I don’t understand how people are okay with themselves knowing they’ve emotionally destroyed someone.”
Mr Horner has often posted footage of himself on stage, with a November 2018 video capturing him shouting the lyrics: ‘You’re slowly killing yourself.’
Based on his last posts from October 2021, Mr Horner appears to have recently become a father.
Just over a year later, the 31-year-old is behind bars charged with kidnapping and murdering the seven-year-old victim.
Athena disappeared without a trace from her home in Paradise on Wednesday (November 30).
The little girl had been dropped off from school at around 4.30pm and was last seen alive around 5.40pm after an argument with her stepmother.
About an hour later, her stepmother picked up the seven-year-old from her room for dinner, but she was nowhere to be found.
Athena was reported missing, and the next day an Amber Alert was issued.
For the next two days, hundreds of law enforcement officers, family members and local volunteers desperately combed the area to find her as her family insisted she would not be gone. all alone.
Hopes of her safe return were then dashed on Friday when police confirmed her body had been discovered in a ditch around 10km from her home.
Police say Mr. Horner, a FedEx driver, aspiring musician and former Uber driver, was delivering a package in the area at the time of his abduction.
He confessed to kidnapping and killing the little girl and told authorities where her body was, police said.
It is believed that Athena died less than an hour after her abduction.
No reason was given. Mr Horner has no known criminal record and is believed to have no connection to the little girl or her family.
He faces capital murder and aggravated kidnapping charges and is being held on $1.5 million bond.
Athena’s devastated grandfather has spoken out to say he forgives his granddaughter’s killer – but also wishes he could have ‘five minutes alone in a cell’ with the suspect.
In the heartbreaking post on social media, Mark Strand opened up about his turmoil, saying he wanted Mr Horner to ‘burn in hell for eternity’ but his faith drives him to want to forgive.
“This flesh, this man that I am, is angry and I want 5 minutes alone in a cell with the psychopath who took our Athena from us, but there is a soft, gentle voice in the back of my head telling me Said I must forgive him,” he wrote.
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