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An 18-year-old Long Island woman was stabbed to death late last week after partying with friends on a local footbridge she frequented. They only left her alone for one hour and when they returned, they found her dead. She had either been strangled or stabbed. There are conflicting news reports.
Lauren Daverin was only 18, but she had been married nearly a year. Daverin's husband, Air Force Airman 1st Class Kashawn Gresham sobbed during the arraignment of 18-year-old Maxwell Sherman, the man authorities have charged with killing her. It is unclear if they knew one another before last Thursday night.
Daverin was found almost completely nude, but still wearing her boots in a pool of blood. The man arrested for her murder claims to only have met her earlier that night when she asked him for a cigarette.
The footbridge is apparently a popular hangout for kids and is a place Daverin apparently frequented. Friends described her (affectionately) as a "wild child", but in the media, that plays an awful lot like victim blaming. Even if she was a party girl who always had a good time, there is something about this description of a young murder victim that just feels wrong.
This is a young girl who was brutally killed when her friends stepped away for just one hour. She was clearly beloved. A Facebook memorial page already has 5,000 likes and all of her friends seem to talk about the many good times they shared.
Most of us can probably remember being 17 or 18 and hanging out in fields or parks like this footbridge. It seems pretty normal. It also seems normal to love having a good time when you are 18 and young. None of these things are really relevant to her death. Whoever did this was clearly a sick, sick predator. If it is Maxwell Sherman, let's hope the 18-year-old man spends the rest of his life paying for what he did.
My heart goes out to her friends who had to find her that way as well as to her family. It's just so senseless. What a terribly sad story.
Do you think calling her a "wild child" is appropriate?
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