Trans Woman Stabbed 119 Times By Navy Sailor
This past summer, Dee Whigham became the 16th trans woman murdered in 2016. In July, Whigham was found stabbed to death in a Best Western hotel room in Jackson County Mississippi. The 25-year-old’s body was found with more than 100 stabs wounds.
According to WLOX, Dwanya Hickerson is accused of killing Whigjam. Surveillance video shows both Hickerson and Whigham walking into a hotel room together. Just 23 minutes later, Hickerson, a navy sailor, is seen leaving the room by himself.
An autopsy found that Whigham was stabbed 119 times, mostly in her face. Her throat had been slashed three times.
Deputies say Hickerson stole a bag, cell phone and other personal items belonging to Whigham. His bloody clothes were later found near a dumpster close to his barracks.
Police are still trying to determine the relationship between Whigham and Hickerson. Nickerson’s attorney requested that the case be dismissed. The judge denied that request. Evidence will now be presented to the grand jury. According to The Advocate, he has been charged with capital murder and robbery. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The Advocate reports that Whigham, who is originally from Shubuta, a small town in Central Mississippi, traveled to Biloxi with friends to attend the Gulf Coast Black Rodeo at the Mississippi Coliseum. She was reportedly sharing the hotel room where she was killed with friends.
She had recently completed her nursing licensure and worked as a registered nurse at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
One of her coworkers from the hospital said, “She was just lovely, and you couldn’t not smile when you saw her. She just lit up a room. And it was devastating when I heard that news, just a lovely light extinguished.”