My beautiful husband was killed in a hit and run incident in Orlando, Fla. on April 16, 2016. It was also a record year for hit and runs in the state, and Central Florida still leads the way today. I'm fighting to crack down on the crime, and to help law enforcement find the cowards who commit these despicable acts and cause immense pain to families everywhere.
Rasheed Amin Wiggins was born in Belleville, New Jersey, on March 24, 1977. Rasheed was the youngest of three children of Ronald and Mary Wiggins. He attended Chad School, St. Lucy’s Elementary School and the distinguished St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School in Newark. His father and caring coaches nurtured his athletic gifts. Through hard work and dedication, the warrior earned numerous accolades while on the school’s fencing team and as a member of the Metro National Karate team. He was also an esteemed member of Shakil’s School of Martial Arts Karate Organization, Inc. As an adult, he began boxing and won both the local Golden Glove Championship in Cincinnati and the Dynamic Fighting Championship in Orlando.
Rasheed valued education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Duke University. He later earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Duke’s prestigious Fuqua School of Business. He was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
After college, he followed his heart and became an entrepreneur. He co-founded AdRelief, a digital advertising agency. The marketing professional went on to build a strong career through positions at several Fortune 500 companies in Chicago, Cincinnati and Orlando. He worked on a variety of brands, increasing their digital, social and general performance. He relocated to Orlando in 2012, accepting a position at Darden Restaurants, parent company of international casual dining chains Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, the Capital Grille, Eddie V’s, and Yard House. While living in Central Florida, he and his wife, Kimberly Holmes Wiggins (also a Duke graduate), attended the Orlando World Outreach Center Church.
Rasheed will be remembered for his affable personality, strong faith in God, warm smile, courageous ambition and incredible strength. He loved being with family and friends, and would give his all to help anyone in need. He brought light into the lives of everyone he met.
He tragically passed on April 16, 2016 in Orlando in a horrific hit & run incident. He was 39 years young.
Florida Highway Patrol still needs help finding the drivers of the first two cars who hit Rasheed and kept going. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those individuals. You’re urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS to help the family find everyone involved in killing this amazing man. You can remain anonymous.
In fact, 2016 was also a record year for hit and run cases in Central Florida. Kimberly is working to establish an alert system in the state that would be similar to an Amber Alert system. If you would like to help, please contact the following Florida lawmakers:
Sens. Simmons & Torres AGREE TO INTRODUCE THE BILL IN THE STATE SENATE DURING THE 2017 SESSION
State Senator David Simmons
District Office: 220 Crown Oak Centre Drive
Longwood, FL 32750
Legislative Assistant: Carolyn Grzan
State Senator Victor Torres
District Office: 101 Church Street, Suite 305
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Legislative Assistant: Alfred Yorston
Rep. Plakon AGREES TO SPONSOR THE BILL IN THE STATE HOUSE
State Representative Scott Plakon
District Office: 1855 West State Road 434, Suite 222
Longwood, FL 32750-5071
Phone: (407) 262-7423
Legislative Assistant: Eddie Thompson
District Secretary: Kathy Gilland