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Christina Doreen Harms
Birth: Aug. 17, 1988
Death: Mar. 25, 2011

Christina Doreen Harms
1988 ~ 2011

Aberdeen: The funeral service for Christina D. Harms, 22, formerly of Aberdeen will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St. Aberdeen, with the Rev. William Osborn as celebrant. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetary, Redfield.

Christina died March 25, 2011, in Kearns, Utah. Christina Doreen Harms was born August 17, 1988, in Rapid City. She was adopted by Ken and Linda Harms of Aberdeen, where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Aberdeen Central High School in 2007.

Christina enjoyed listening to music, spending time on the computer and with family, especially her daughter, Harley. She was known for her smile and loving heart.

Grateful for having shared Christina's life are her father, Ken (Jodi) Harms, Aberdeen; daughter, Harley; brother, Philip Harms, Aberdeen; grandparents Don and Rose Harms, Redfield; Uncles, Randy (Heather) Harms, Sioux Falls, and Joey Harms, Huron; Aunts, Vicki Hopper, Sioux Falls, Bonnie Lewis, Texas, and Marie (Lyle) Chapin of Luverne, Minn. along with many loving friends who will miss her dearly.

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A former Aberdeen couple facing charges stemming from the death of a former Aberdeen woman who was bound crucifixion-style to a metal bar inside a small closet pleaded not guilty today to criminal charges in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

Prosecutors have charged Dale Beckering, 52, and Sherrie Beckering, 50, with intentional aggravated abuse of a disabled adult in the death of Christina Harms, 22, an Aberdeen Central High School graduate.

The Beckerings shared a home with Sherrie Beckering's daughter, Cassandra Shepard, and Harms, whose body was found there March 25.

Harms suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and functioned at the level of a 12-year-old. She was found with severe bruises on her thigh and head, and a pepper seed in one of her eyelids. Authorities say Harms' hands had been bound with cloth bandages so she could not remove the pepper seed.

Authorities also say that Harms was forced to wear a diaper while bound inside the closet, which was equipped with an alarm system. She was bound in a crucifix formation in a the small closet when she was found dead.

Shepard, 27, who was related to Harms and was her legal guardian, has been charged with first-degree felonies of murder and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. She's also facing a second-degree felony charge of obstructing justice.

If they are convicted of the charges, the Beckerings each face a life prison sentence. Shepard also faces up to life in prison for her charges.

Harms has a 2-year-old daughter, Harley, who was taken into protective custody whom will be adopted by family members.

A life taken too soon...


 
 
Burial:
Saint Bernard Cemetery
Redfield
Spink County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Block 9 Lot 12 Grave 3
 
Created by: Lynnette
Record added: Jun 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71746921
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