Slain Irving Woman’s Family Forwards Donations to Special Needs Camp

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IRVING -- After a senseless act of violence cast a shadow over their holiday season, one Irving family is making sure some good comes from their tragic loss.

83-year-old Dessie Hancock was badly beaten in her neighborhood Friday evening and died from her injuries two days later.

Three brothers were arrested after the attack. Irving PD says 20-year-old Jesse Perkins will be charged with murder while his 18-year-old brother Thomas will be charged with interference with public duties, hindering apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence.

While police investigate the apparently random attack, the family says they don't want to benefit financially from her murder. They've asked friends and relatives to show their support by donating to Camp Summit.

"Camp Summit is a very traditional residential sleepaway camp for children, adults, and seniors with disabilities," said Carla Weiland, president and CEO of Camp Summit.

Brian Wyatt, whom Dessie and her husband raised from three-months-old, has special needs and has been a regular at the campgrounds.

"She cared for him as one of her own, loved and adored him," Weiland recalled.  She added that Dessie "has been a great advocate over the years for people with disabilities."

And now, all the campers there will benefit from the donations that are already coming in Dessie's honor.

"There can be something good that came out of this tragedy, hopefully," Weiland said. "It's a wonderful way for Dessie's legacy to continue on."

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