Late one night in the year 1999, three adorable little girls slept in their bed in ST.Pete, FL. The girls, Ashley Mance age six, Aleesha Mance (Ashley's twin) and Jailene Jones age four, share the same mother but two different fathers. Their mother is white and both fathers are black. The girls spent the weekend at the home of Ashley/Aleesha's father, Terry Mance.
Terry Mance had already been shouted at by racist skinheads in the neighborhood. However, Mance had never thought this would lead to the death of his beautiful daughter. One of the sick, heartless skinheads shot at Mance's home, killing Ashley and injuring her sisters. Following a tip, police arrested 17-year-old Jessy Roten and charged him with two counts of attempted murder and one count of second degree murder.
The night of the shooting, Mance and his companion, Tracy Townshend, rushed into the room where the young girls slept. All three girls screamed in agony. The bed was covered with blood and their faces covered with tears.
Terry Mance tearfully performed CPR on Ashley. Sadly enough, he was unable to save Ashley- she died in his arms.
Ashley is remembered as a quiet, well mannered child who loved to play with barbie dolls and ride her bicycle.