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A Student’s Life Brutally Taken by Four Teenaged Girls


A School Dance Started a Chain of Events

Shanda was the kind of girl most kids wanted to be friends with – she was lively, outgoing, and lots of fun. She was also smart and a good student. A normal girl in seventh grade, Shanda did what other girls her age did: hang out with friends and have fun at school dances. But there was one dance that happened to set in motion a chain of events that unfortunately brought an end to Shanda’s life in a gruesome way.

The school hallway.

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Early on in the school year, Shanda got into a fight with a 14-year-old girl named Amanda Heavrin. The two found themselves in detention together, where they managed to resolve their issues and become friends.