Church leaders along with those from the Mississippi Rainbow Center organized the event, even though they didn't know Whigham. Whigham, a transgender woman, lived in Hattiesburg, but was visiting the Coast when she was murdered.
Those in attendance say the tragedy just hit too close to home.
Molly Kester says the murder happened less than five miles from her house. It has shaken her to the core.
"I don't know her personally. The fact that she was a transgender woman that was living her life the way she wanted to live, and just trying to be happy and to lose her life so brutally so short in life, it's just painful," said Kester, who is also transgender.