12-year-old Shanda Renee Sharer was a bubbly cheerleader at Hazelwood Middle School in New Albany, Indiana. Shanda’s parents divorced when she was just a small child, but remained close and cordial. During the week, she lived with her mother Jacque and on the weekends, Shanda stayed with her father Stephen and her step-mother Sharon, who she adored.
Shanda was described as a peppy, vibrant young girl who had the amazing ability to cheer up everyone around her and make them smile.
Nearly 30 years ago, Shanda’s life was callously stolen by four teenage girls in a manner so violent and so brutal, that it shook the city of Madison to its very core and changed their community forever.