Nursing school friend remembers Dee Whigham

Nursing school friend remembers Dee Whigham
Dee Whigham with her friend Alfredia Hawthorn photo credit: Alfreida Hawthorn
Dee Whigham with her friend Alfredia Hawthorn photo credit: Alfreida Hawthorn
Dee Whigham with her mother Vickie Blakney photo credit: Vickie Blakney
Dee Whigham with her mother Vickie Blakney photo credit: Vickie Blakney

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Tuesday night, the Spectrum Center in Hattiesburg is holding a vigil remembering the transgender woman who was killed over the weekend.

Dee Whigham was found stabbed to death Saturday night on the Gulf Coast.

"Her thing was to live each day like it's your last because you never know when it's going to be your last," said her friend Alfreida Hawthorn.

No one expected her last day to be at the Best Western Hotel where she was allegedly murdered by suspect Dwanya Hickerson.

"It's just, I don't know, it's just amazing that someone would take someones life to me for not any valid reason," Hawthorn said.

Hawthorn described Whigham as a compassionate nurse who stayed true to herself.

"I'm proud of her for being who she is and never letting people change her," Hawthorn said.

Alfreida talked on the phone with Whigham each week, and they often chatted about her mother and how supportive she was when she came out as transgender.

"They were super close, super close they were like best friends," Hawthorn said.

Her mother, Vickie Blakney, issued this statement about Whigham.

"I loved my son no matter how he approach people. He was my heart. How would you feel? He was a happy person. I wish you could have met him."

Hawthorn said that Whigham was her first friend at nursing school, and they have been friends ever since.

"He was the one to make everyone laugh and to make everyone feel comfortable," Hawthorn said.

However, Hawthorn said despite this loss, she learned a valuable lesson about life.

"Since this happened I will stop taking for granted the people that I love," Hawthorn said.