UPDATE: A memorial will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 from to 6 to 8 p.m. at Antioch Christian Church in Hooks, TX. An account has been set up at Bankcorp South for the children of Whitney Hanes. Donations can be dropped off at any branch.
An East Texas town rallies around the children of a woman killed Aug. 31.
Whitney Nicole Hanes, 21, of Hooks, TX was found dead outside a home in the 200 block
of Grant Street around 11:50 p.m. Saturday. When Hooks police officers arrived, they found
the father of her children, 21-year-old Justin Donnell Wright, with her. They took him into custody and have charged him with murder. He’s being held at the Bi-State Justice Center.
The couple has three children, Ayden, 1, Ariel, 2, and Trenton, 3. The Hanes family is
taking care of them and appreciates the community’s support.
They’re asking for people to donate anything related to babies such as diapers, clothing, and
bathing supplies. The family also plans to set up an account where people can
offer monetary donations to go toward the funeral arrangements and the children’s
Family friend Tiffany Capps said Justin and Whitney just moved back to Hooks. They
were living in Iowa before. She said Whitney was living with Justin until two
weeks ago when she moved in with a high school friend.
Meanwhile, police have sent Whitney’s body to the Southwest Forensic Institute in Dallas, TX for an autopsy. They believe she died from some type of blunt force trauma. Funeral arrangements are pending autopsy results.
If you’d like to donate, you can call Tiffany Capps at (903) 276-7934.