18-year-old Heidi Childs was a beautiful young sophomore attending Virginia Tech.
Heidi grew up in the area; she was originally from Bedford County, Virginia, which is a short drive away from her college.
She had seven siblings and her family affectionately called her “Smiley.”
Heidi was homeschooled as a child, and she began taking college courses when she was in 10th grade.
Virginia State Police; Heidi smiles in the photo above while wearing a purple and white dress