GATES, N.Y. — An arrest has been made in connection with a homicide in Gates.
Officials say a female victim was stabbed before being thrown from a moving vehicle just before 12 p.m. on Monday.
According to police, 52-year-old Tracy Henton-Williams was ejected from a Jeep heading west on Buffalo Road after what police believe was an altercation inside of the vehicle. Henton-Williams was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.
“One of the most traumatic things I’ve ever seen. No human being should ever be treated like that. It’s not humanly possible to treat a person like that. She was suffering when she was thrown from the car and it’s something I’ll never forget," said Phil Cammilleri, who came to the aid of the victim.
Her boyfriend, Roger Lee Wiggins, was arrested and charged with second degree murder. Police say shortly before noon on Monday, Wiggins stabbed Henton-Williams several times in the chest and neck and pushed her out of a moving vehicle on Buffalo Road.
Police say Wiggins fled the scene in a black Jeep Liberty.
He was stopped at the Canadian border after authorities there were alerted by his suspicious behavior. The car matched the description of the one in connection to the homicide and officials contacted Gates police.
Before police arrived at the scene Monday, an employee at Ezzy’s Restaurant across the street saw the woman’s body through the window.
“Nobody wants to see anything like that—especially, you know, that’s somebody’s mother, sister, daughter, you just hope for the best," said Valerie Kohls.
Sandra Tabone, a Gates resident of 50 years, said she had never seen or heard of anything like this in the community.
“I’m just totally shocked. I don’t care how old the person is, to have that happen so close to home is startling to me,” said Tabone.
Williams was a teaching assistant in the Rochester’s City School District.
RCSD released a statement saying that the children adored her and that her presence will be greatly missed.
Wiggins has been arraigned and is being held without bail. His next court date is scheduled for June 15.