Family of Gates homicide victim knows tragedy all too well
By Spectrum News Staff
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Family members are grieving after a woman was stabbed and thrown out of a moving vehicle in Gates Monday.
The victim’s siblings say it’s not the first time their family has had to deal with a violent death.
“Who she was as a person, who she was as a mother, and a grandmother, and a sibling, and a daughter; those were all the pieces of Tracy and made her who she was,” said Alia Henton-Williams, sister.
Alia Henton-Williams and Bonita Williams describe Tracy Henton-Williams as a woman passionate about others.
“She loved people. She enjoyed cooking, but like most of us when we get older in age we fall back on the cooking, but she loved cooking. And she loved her family,” said Bonita Williams, sister-in-law.
Police say the 51-year-old was stabbed multiple times before being thrown from a moving Jeep.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Tracy’s ex-boyfriend, Roger Lee Wiggins was arrested near the Canadian border later that afternon, charged with second degree murder.
Family says Tracy had just ended her relationship with Wiggins, which they described as “toxic.”
However, this isn’t the first tragedy to strike the Williams family. In 1992, their youngest sibling Ralik Henton was shot to death on his way home from bible study class. Henton was 16, caught in a crossfire of bullets.
Family says his death left a lasting legacy that led them all to get involved in the community, including Tracy; who got into teaching special education.
“That was her way of giving back. Because we know that people who work with children and human services and education, we’re not in it for the money. It was definitely something that was a passion and driven from the inside,” said Alia.
Both sisters say just like with Henton’s death, they will endure.
“We appreciate the prayers, but you don’t have to feel sorry for our family. Because we a strong family, a family based in faith. And we’ll be able to take this, and move forward, and be able to minister and love on somebody else to let them know you can choose life just like our sister chose life,” said Bonita.