It was a joyous morning (4:00 am), in a casino arcade. 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson was left in the care of her 14-year-old brother Harold, who obviously was NOT the most responsible person in the world. Their father Leroy Iverson gambled the night away. Sherrice like any adorable 7-year-old, ran through the casino with bliss. She met a male child who was around her same age, they began to throw wet paper towels at each other (innocently). One of Sherrice Iverson's paper towels hit a white male by the name of Jeremy Strohmeyer.
18-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer picked the paper towel up and threw it back at Sherrice. Shortly there-after, he became her playmate of "Hide and seek". Sherrice, with her 7-year-old mind, thought that the restroom would be a good hiding spot. Sadly enough, this was not the case. Strohmeyer followed Sherrice into the restroom (women's restroom), as he was walking towards her, she hit him with a "caution wet floor sign". He then picked her up and took her into a bathroom stall. His friend, David Cash, who is also white, entered the restroom, tilted his head over the bathroom stall and saw Strohmeyer sexually attacking Sherrice while saying "Shut up or I'll kill you". He asked Strohmeyer to stop (once) but Strohmeyer ignored his request. David Cash then left the restroom without alerting authorities or forcefully stopping Strohmeyer.
25 minutes later, Strohmeyer left the restoom alone. Cash asked "what happened". Strohmeyer replied "I killed her". The only thing Cash wanted to know about the attack is if Sherrice was "wet" when Strohmeyer touched her vagina. Strohmeyer replied saying the child had bled from her vagina as he "fingered her". He later told Cash that he had strangled her, but she was still breathing, he snapped her neck, she was still alive, than he twisted her neck around until he heard a loud pop.
The two heartless men left the casino and headed to their home towns, Long Beach, California.
After bragging about the murder to the students at his school, Strohmeyer was arrested and charged with two counts of rape, kidnap and murder. He avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, a perfect sentence for a killer so young.
During Sherrice's funeral on May 31, 1997, at Paradise Baptist Church, her father and mother sat apart. They have not spoken to each other since their daughter's death. "Jesus, no! Jesus, no,"her mother cried as she was led out. Yolanda has moved into her own apartment. She sometimes dreams about Sherrice. In one dream, Sherrice is lying on a closet shelf, wearing pajamas. She kisses her mother and says, "Hi, Mommy, I'm back."
Although David Cash did what is legally considered an accessory to a crime, he was never arrested. This caused nationwide outrage and media frenzy. More than a year later, the "Sherrice Iverson's Bill" was passed. This bill requires adults who witnesses sex abuse on minors under the age fourteen to report it or spend six months in jail. The weakest bill you've ever heard of huh?
Little Sherrice, is remembered as an honor student whose favorite colors were pink, yellow and purple. Teachers thought of her as affectionate and trusting. Her hair was neatly braided. Her clothes looked freshly ironed. She struggled with reading, was scared of the dark, adored "The Little Mermaid," and liked to jump rope. She wanted to be a nurse or a policewoman or a model or a dancer.
Her case still echos in the nation. Her death shattered her family; left her mother broken-hearted, sickened her father who later died, and destroyed her brother's life with guilt and remorse. Heartbreaking isn't it?