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Woman set on fire talks about the attack for the first time


By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pamela Davis spends most of her time lying in bed, surrounded by medical supplies and bottles of pain medicine and antibiotics.  Getting around is a slow and painful undertaking.  But she manages, with the loving help of her mother.  

Pamela remembers the day her life changed.   

"I just got back from the store and I was getting out of my car and I went to reach in the back to get what I had bought and somebody said, 'Hey.' And I turned around to look at them and they threw something on me," Davis said.  "Then they threw something else and lit me on fire. And she kept saying, 'You're pretty no more.'" 

The assailant was a Hispanic female, but that's all that's known. Biloxi Police Investigator Chris DeBack looks over the case file almost every day, mostly in frustration.   

"Pretty much the tips and the leads have come to a standstill," DeBack said. "We really need the public's assistance in this case.  It is a difficult case.  There is somebody out there that has information or may have seen something." 

Pamela, the mother of six, once worked hard for a living. Those days are over, even as staggering medical bills continue to add up. 

"The doctor said I'll probably not be able to work again for the rest of my life and I'll be in pain the rest of my life." 

Her scars are a constant reminder of that new reality and that grim prognosis pains her mother, Cathy Wimberly. 

"It's not easy watching your child go through this and watching her children," Wimberly said.  "They're doing better now, but their reactions when they first saw her, the hurt in their faces."

Despite her injuries and despite her pain, Pamela is not a bitter woman. There is one thing she does want: For her attacker to be found and punished.   

"I want to see them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." 

And if the attacker is caught and punished, Pamela may be able to sleep in peace, although she will never sleep without pain. 

If you have any information about this horrible crime, call the Biloxi Police tip line at (228) 435-6159. 

A fund has also been set up in the name of Pamela Davis at any branch of Hancock Bank.  The family is asking for help in trying to pay off the huge medical bills.

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