Murder victim’s mom to Plant High School athlete: ‘You’re a coward, you took her!’

Hillsborough County

Kathleen Whiting hugged her daughter’s friends during an emotional memorial on Monday night at Ballast Point. She still can’t believe her baby girl, Brittany Collet, was murdered.

“My daughter’s gone. you can’t replace her,” Kathleen told WFLA. “It should’ve been me, not my daughter. She’s got her whole life, and he took it from her.”

This grieving mom calls her daughter’s boyfriend – a coward. 

Tykease Keaton-Baldwin, a former running back for Plant High School, is accused of beating his 23-year-old girlfriend to death on Aug. 11 while visiting Detroit. 

“It was senseless,” says Brittany’s mother. “He needs help. He’s needed help for a long time, and I think his family has chosen to ignore it. I could not get her away.”

The 20-year-old is now facing murder charges, according to Detroit police

Brittany’s mom claims he was trouble from the very start. “He controlled her, he micromanaged her. Her every action, her every move. She couldn’t talk to me. He was always checking her messages. She couldn’t even go to work without him being there all the time,” Kathleen explained.

Those who love Brittany most gathered Monday night to honor her, remember her and pray for all victims of domestic violence. When the 23-year-old’s mother saw the outpouring of support, she was filled with emotion.

“That’s how much she’s loved. Everybody cares about her. She’s a good person. She’s had a hard life. she didn’t deserve this,” said Kathleen.

Brittany’s remains will be brought back to Tampa Bay from Detroit.

Meanwhile, the suspect in this will soon face a judge. 

The young mother leaves behind a little 3-year-old boy.

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