Transgender people deserve a chance at love the same as anybody. But, unfortunately, some people in society are close-minded—they judge people who are different than themselves or people that they can’t understand.
Today we share the heartbreaking story of Ms. Dee Wingham who was brutally killed by her date on July 23, 2016, in Mississippi. Her only fault was that she was transgender.
Ms. Wingham met Dwanya Hickerson, 21, a former Navy soldier and native from New Orleans online. The pair had been chatting for a couple of months before they decided to meet while Ms. Wingham was visiting Biloxi with her friends.
She picked up Hickerson from Keesler Air Force Base where he was training to be a weather forecaster. They went to Ms. Wingham’s hotel room around 8.30 pm at a Best Western Hotel in Mississippi. According to surveillance footage from the hotel, Hickerson was seen leaving the room alone 23 minutes after entering.
What happened in the room was criminal and inhuman.
Hickerson went into a blind fury after he found out his date was transgender. He stabbed her repeatedly in the hotel room. Most of her wounds were to the face and she was slashed three times on the neck. Her friends found her body in the hotel room and called 911, however, it was too late.
The police caught Hickerson very soon after the incident following evidence from the scene.
“I lost. I lost it,” he said to the authorities, saying he really didn’t remember much after his date revealed her gender.
He appeared in court, where he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. He will also face another 15 years in prison on charges of robbery.
Ms. Winghams’s family clearly feels that this sentence is not fair and comes as an insult.
“I think the plea is a slap in the face,” said Ms. Vickie Blackney Whigham, the victim’s mother. “He gets a chance to see his family and I don’t have that chance with my child.”
Check out the video of the hearing:
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