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Justice For Athena or Your Babies Are Safe On My Route refers to the TikTok hashtag "#JusticeForAthena," which FedEx employees started to use in December 2022 in response to the death of 7-year-old Athena Strand, who was kidnapped and murdered by a FedEx driver after he delivered her Christmas presents. In videos under the hashtag, FedEx and other delivery service employees typically film themselves on the job under the caption and catchphrase, "your babies are safe on my route."
On December 3rd, 2022, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that a 7-year-old Fort Worth, Texas girl, Athena Strand, was kidnapped and murdered by 31-year-old Tanner Horner. According to the report, he was seen delivering a package to the Strand home on November 30th, the day she disappeared. The police were tipped off to investigate him and FedEx helped them identify the driver. Horner later confessed to the crimes. His bond was set at $1.5 million. Later updates on the story shared that the packages Horner was delivering were her Christmas presents.
On December 7th, 2022, TikToker and FedEx employee @knightzkikz posted a video using the hashtag "#JusticeForAthena" showing himself working in the back of a FedEx truck, captioned, "YOUR BABYS ARE SAFE ON MY ROUTE🙏💪🙌," garnering over 9 million views in two days (shown below). The video was notably set to "Dancing in the Sky" by Beverly Ann.
@knightzkikz Protect them at all cost she did not deserve that..As a father of a beautiful boy and girl your babys are safe in my route.#Athena #Fedexground #justiceforathena #kids #fyp ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
Over the following days, other FedEx and delivery service employees started using the hashtag and original sound to post similar videos in response to Strand's death. On December 8th, 2022, TikToker and FedEx employee @fernando_munoz4 duetted the original video, garnering over 4 million views in a day (shown below, left). On the same day, TikToker and Amazon worker @dvyemx posted a similar video, garnering over 3.9 million views in a day (shown below, right).
@dvyemx She didn’t deserve what happened! #justiceforathena #athenastrand #dvyemx #amazon #kids #protectthem #screammovie ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
On the same day, December 8th, 2022, TikToker @@mrs_n_mr.reed posted a video to the hashtag, garnering over 2.4 million views in a day (shown below). By December 9th, videos under the hashtag were viewed a collective 35 million times.
@mrs_n_mr.reed #justiceforathena no parents should have to not only go through that!! #prayers for the family… #fyp ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
@t_rock04 she didn't deserve that. deepest condolences to that family #justiceforathena ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
@thehotdeliverydriver Protecting the babies at all costs!!! As a delivery driver, & a father of a 3 year old girl this story really Hurts..She had her whole life ahead of her… Prayers up for her family. #justiceforathena ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
@boxchronicles As a father, I cannot even begin to fathom the dark reality this family is faced with. My deepest condolences to the family! Also, stay strong for my brothers and sister in purple impacted by this. 🙏🏼🤎 💜 #athena #justiceforathena #ups #fedex ♬ Dancing in the Sky – Dani and Lizzy
@jessicamakemson Just know we’re not the same as that guy! We really do love kids on our route! ❤️💔 #prayersforathena #fyp #fedex #athena ♬ Dancing In The Sky – Dani and Lizzy
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