Thomasville survivors speak during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

| April 5, 2017

THOMASVILLE – Tuesday, the Thomasville community comes together for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Local leaders, law enforcement, and survivors spoke on strength, resilience, and justice.

At the ceremony, Daisy Samuel talked about her granddaughter, Deborah Thigpin.

“She would be enjoying her life, her children, and just being a young lady,” says Samuel.

Deborah’s life was cut short at age 27, while trying to leave an abusive relationship.

“It was just like someone snatching your heart out, stomping on it, and trying to put it back.”

In 2014, police found Deborah’s body, half-dressed, behind a vacant house in Thomasville.

Her former boyfriend and accused murderer, Sidney McKinney, now serves life without parole.

“I can’t explain the pain, the hurt, my family went through. He devastated our lives.”

Tuesday, she shares her story during a ceremony for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Since her daughter’s death, she says it’s a first, but not her last.

Samuel wants to help others in similar situations.

“We will be healing for the rest of our lives because we care and loved Deborah so much.”

There will be another ceremony tomorrow for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Moultrie.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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