POST FALLS, Idaho -- Shasta Groene, the sole survivor of one of Idaho s most high-profile murder cases, hosted a fundraiser for local animal shelters in Post Falls.
Groene is now 15 years old. She said she wanted to use the attention she gets to do some good.
A lot of people, when they hear my name, they kinda get shocked that I've grown up so much, said Groene. But I use my name and what I've been through to help people.
The high school junior donated her time to help family friends who organized the event.
I use my name and what I've been through to help people, said Groene.
Groene was eight years old when convicted serial killer Joseph Duncan brutally killed her two brothers, her mother, and her mother s boyfriend. Duncan also kidnapped Groene, but she was discovered at a restaurant in Coeur d Alene after seven weeks of captivity.
It is something that is in the back of my mind everyday, said Groene. But she doesn't let it define her. Instead, she uses it to make her stronger.
Groene dreams of being a forensic scientist or having a career where she can help others. I want to help people feel beautiful you know and love themselves, said Groene.
Steve Groene, Shasta's father, says he is very proud of the woman his daughter is becoming.
(Shasta) has ambitions to go on and on with her life and put everything behind her and live life as best she can and she is doing a pretty good job of it, said Groene.
In fact, Steve Groene says his daughter is like most teenage girls. Obviously, hangs out with her friends a lot. You know boy crazy probably like any other 15-year-old girl.
In some ways, she may be like another other girl but Groene admits she's been forced to grow up fast.
I am not a scared little girl that I was back when I was eight, said Groene. I have grown up a lot and I am really strong today.