You probably remember the murder of Sherrice Iverson--the 7-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in a casino bathroom. I've found it impossible to forget.
The crime took place in Las Vegas, NV on May 25, 1997. Surveilance cameras showed Sherrice--a little black girl--playing tag with an older white man. Minutes later she is seen darting into the women's restroom. The man who was later identified as 18-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer followed her inside.
As Strohmeyer approached the playful youngster, she hit him with a "caution wet floor" sign. He then picked her up and took her into a toilet stall.
Strohmeyer's 18-year-old friend, David Cash, entered the restroom apparently in search of Strohmeyer. In his confession to police, Cash admitted that he saw Strohmeyer sexually assaulting Sherrice but left the restroom without trying to intervene. Neither did he alert the casino's security about what he saw.
Inside the restroom, little Sherrice Iverson was raped and strangled to death. Her neck was also broken when her tiny body was discovered.
Upon exiting the restroom, Strohmeyer bragged to his friend about what took place inside the toilet stall. The two men quickly left the casino and headed to their hometown, Long Beach, CA.
Both men reportedly bragged to students at their high school about the murder. Strohmeyer made it known to all of his friends that he had killed "a young black girl." This maniac obviously didn't know that killing a black person was a crime.
The homicide at the casino mounted heavy media coverage in California as well as Las Vegas. News stations broadcasted the surveilance video showing Strohmeyer and Cash at the casino. Several students from the school turned Strohmeyer in to authorities. In just three days, Strohmeyer was arrested.
Although David Cash did what is legally considered "accessory to murder" he was never charged with any crime. Many people held rallies to protest and demand he be arrested but authorities took no action against him.
Strohmeyer accepted a plea deal to save him from the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Sherrice Iverson's mother won a wrongful death lawsuit against the casino. The little girl's father died three years after the murder.
Sherrice, who lived in Los Angeles was a beautiful, bright and cheerful second grader. The pixie was affraid of the dark, adored the Little Mermaid and loved to jump rope.
A law was made in Sherrice's name, mandating that anyone who witnesses a sex crime against a child be prosecuted. Special little angels, like Sherrice, come along into this world to change the way we see things.