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Details have been released about the murder of a 25-year-old transgender woman that occurred in July at a Tennessee hotel.

Dee Whigham’s body was found in a hotel, and the man who has been charged in her death appeared in court on Tuesday. Dwanya Hickerson, 20, a sailor stationed and Keesler Airforce Base for training, allegedly stabbed Whigham 119 times, before fleeing the hotel.

“She was just lovely, and you couldn’t not smile when you saw her. She just lit up a room. And it was devastating when I heard that news, just a lovely light extinguished,” said a coworker at Forrest General Hospital, during a vigil that was held on Tuesday.

According to Deputy Leo Allen, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Whigham had stab wounds to her face, and her throat was slashed three times.

Surveillance video showed that Hickerson and Whigham arrived at a hotel around 8:30 p.m, and 23 minutes later, Hickerson left.

Allen said investigators are still working to determine the relationship between Hickerson and Whigham.

The attorney representing Hickerson requested the case be dismissed during Monday’s hearing. The judge denied that request. Now, the evidence will be presented to a grand jury.

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