- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The mother of a transgender woman killed at a Mississippi hotel has learned the wounds her daughter suffered included “deep” stab wounds to her face.

Vickie Whigham tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/2aAb42w) the funeral home told her Dee Whigham’s wounds were severe when she went there Wednesday to try to make final arrangements. Vickie Whigham says it would be a closed casket funeral.

Police say 25-year-old Dee Whigham was robbed and brutally stabbed to death Saturday night during an attack in a room at a Best Western hotel.

Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Dwanya Hickerson, of New Orleans, is being held on a capital murder charge.

Judge T. Larry Wilson ordered Hickerson to remain jailed without bond. He denied Hickerson’s court-appointed attorney’s request to consider bond.

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