Background of Teena Brandon

Teena Marie Brandon was born December 12, 1972 in Lincoln, Nebraska and was murdered December 31, 1993 in a run down farm house on the outskirts of Humboldt, Nebraska. She was the second child born to JoAnn Brandon, a sixteen year old widow whose first child, Tammy, was born when she was only thirteen years old, and whose husband and Teena's father, Patrick, two years older than her, was killed in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident while JoAnn was pregnant with Teena. Teena was named after the family dog.

JoAnn did the best she could raising her two daughters, but they were classic low-income single parent family, who lived a hand-to-mouth existence in trailer parks. JoAnn went to a local community college where she studied textile design for several years. However, she was quite sickly with a variety of ailments and ultimately went on disability at a very early age. Brandon received an education through the Catholic schools in Lincoln and attended the Catholic high school, Pius X. Unfortunately, she was expelled her senior year, right before graduation, for a prank and never completed her high school education.