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Spectrum Center hosts prayer vigil for Dee Whigham

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Friends from Forrest General mourn the loss of their friend. photo credit: WDAM Friends from Forrest General mourn the loss of their friend. photo credit: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS -

Dozens of people gathered Tuesday night at a prayer vigil at the Spectrum Center honoring the memory of Dee Whigham.

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

Just three days after her death, emotions were still very fresh on the faces of co-workers, the LGBT community and her friends.

“It hurts and it’s like it’s a joke and Dee is coming in extra to work tonight,” said her co-worker Keisha Jackson.

Whigham worked as a nurse at Forrest General Hospital for about six months, and she was remembered for her bubbly personality.

"She was the most giving, bubbly, happy and all-around person," Jackson said.

During the vigil, people held candles and joined hands in prayer to honor her life. 

“Dee would’ve appreciated it and I’m sure she appreciates seeing all these people gathered to fight for people like her,” Jackson said.

Members of the LGBT community like Kaylee Bradshaw also called for an end to violence.

“For the most part, I encourage not to seek labels with each other not to see transgender, cis-gender, not to see black or white,” Bradshaw said,

Her co-workers said they are glad the Spectrum Center put together a vigil to give them a chance to pray for their friend.

“I want her to know that I love her and that I pray that she is in peace, and I want her to know that I’m going to miss those phone calls,” said her co-worker Dorthy Womack.

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