Mother of UAPB Cheerleader Killed Says She Forgives Death Row Inmate; Remembers Daughter

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. –The mother of Dominique Hurd one of Williams’ first victims speaking exclusively on air for the first time about the scheduled execution of her daughters killer. Old family videos show 19-year-old Dominique Hurd, known to her family as Nicky.

Vickie Williams remembers her daughter – as a shining light. “I remember a very bright light, vibrant, very energetic,” says Williams.

A cheerleader, someone who loved to entertain. She was studying to be a doctor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff when she and a friend were kidnapped, robbed and shot by Kenneth Williams. Hurd died from her injuries. “For me, I’ve had a peace beyond meaning for so many years,” says Williams.

Williams was sentenced to life without parole for the death of Hurd, but was put on Death Row after killing two others when he escaped from the Cummins Unit.
“Kind of felt like if they would have given him that at first, he maybe could  have saved some more lives,” says Williams.

Although she says the weight of her daughters death has stuck with her all this time.”I do forgive him, oh yes, I forgive him,” she says. “He is forgiven.”

 She remembers her daughter through old family videos. Words from her daughter, she’ll never forget. “That was Nicky always tell people how you feel that you love them because you never know when the last time that will be,” she says.

Hurd’s mother says her family will not be at the execution. They say they are just hoping to remember their daughter, not the tragic killing that took her life.

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