Amanda Marie Geiger
17 Years Old

October 14, 1981 to April 6, 1999

With her bright blue eyes, you’d swear Amanda could see everything and everywhere; if she couldn’t it wasn’t because she didn’t try! This was a girl who wanted to learn everything she could about places, things, experiences, but most of all, about people. Amanda tried everything she could. She played soccer, and softball, and ran track. She sang with her junior choir at church, and took music lessons on 6 different instruments. She took art classes, and photography classes, joined the ecology club, and student government. After going parasailing, she tried flying lessons. For her, the horizon was a challenge, not a limit.

After being chosen as a People-to-People ambassador to South Africa the summer she was 14, the world held a new interest for Amanda. She was impressed that the kids there were just like the kids here! Her interest in travel and meeting people grew, and she went on to visit Germany, Austria and Italy with the American College of International Studies in ’97 and ’98.

She involved herself with others. After school, she spent time doing crafts and playing games with an autistic boy. She did yard work, took meals, and spent time with an elderly woman in her neighborhood. With friends, she collected necessities and helped at soup kitchens in Camden, NJ.

Amanda sought part time jobs that let her interact with others. She worked in a pizza parlor/ice cream shop at the shore, a bakery, a pharmacy, and a restaurant in Medford, and at Jiffy Lube as a “Courtesy Girl” in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She took her camera with her wherever she went, looking for scenes that portrayed different aspects of life, and began to read books on philosophy and different religions. She was planning a trip to Tibet for the summer following her graduation from high school.

The world beckoned, and she couldn’t wait to meet it. Amanda finished high school in two and a half years, and was in the process of applying to colleges in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, where she intended to major in business. She had hoped to spend time with the Peace Corps before starting her own business.

Most important to Amanda, however, were her friends. This trip to North Carolina was a chance for her to spend time with good friends she felt she didn’t see often enough. Her excitement at making the trip is something we will never forget, knowing her last days were as happy as they could possibly be.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Amanda and her friends, Megan, Angela, and Shana, were killed when 29 year-old Melissa Marvin, a drunk driver with several prior DUI arrests, ran a red light at 2:51 PM as they drove home from an afternoon at the beach. Their friend Michael was severely injured. The driver was convicted of four counts of 2nd-degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon and ordered to serve her sentences consecutively, 60-74 years at the Women’s Correctional institute in Raleigh, NC.

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Amanda Geiger