Gulf Coast Vigil for Dee Whigham
Although many people along the Coast did not know Dee Whigham personally, local organizations felt it was not only appropriate, but necessary to honor her.
Organizers lit rainbow assorted candles to remind those of the LGBT community to continue shining their light, even in the midst of the recent tragedy.
Residents and members of the LGBT community tell News 25 they never expected such a horrific act of violence involving a transgender to happen right here along the Coast. Ocean Springs resident Jackie Parker said, “It should happen somewhere else. It shouldn’t happen where I drive by, where I could’ve heard the screams, where I could’ve been there and done something. It shouldn’t have happened where I might have driven by. I don’t even want to know if I did.”
Pastor of the Lighthouse Community Church Errol Montgomery-Robinson says Saturday’s incident shook the LGBT community’s sense of safety and security.
The candlelight vigil served as a time for healing and understanding.