Jennifer Hickmon grew up in Oak Cliff, attending Dallas ISD schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and before her death in July, she was a beloved P.E. teacher in Pleasant Grove.
Hickmon, 37, was found dead at 6633 Happy Trails Dr., in the Highland Hills neighborhood of Oak Cliff on July 12. Nine days later, U.S. Marshalls and Texas DPS officers arrested her boyfriend in San Marcos, 225 miles south of Dallas.
Jeffrey Alan Scott, 35, admitted to police that he killed Hickmon. Scott also said that he killed Hickmon’s ex-boyfriend, but police haven’t figured out whom that might be.
Hickmon’s death is devastating to the school community at Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School, where she was a teacher and coach.
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Hickmon knew she wanted to be a teacher from age 6, according to her obituary. She attended B.F. Darrell Elementary, Zumwalt Middle School and A. Maceo Smith High School. She graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston, and she also had a master’s degree.
From her obituary:
Jen never wasted a single second of life. While we will probably always wish for one more day, Iam grateful God gave her, our family, and friends the precious time we had with her here onearth.
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Oak Cliff friends remember Hickmon as energetic and athletic.
From her online memorial:
We crossed paths at B.F. Darrell, then continued to Zumwalt. I always admired your amazing athleticism! You also had a hefty heart, along with a beautiful smile! You will be missed by all those who knew you. I send my deepest condolences to the family and pray for all of us that are in mourning! May God continue to bless everyone and keep them safe. Rest easy my classmate and friend. —Giselle Fisher
Hickmon played basketball at TSU.
“Her jump shot was unlike anything anybody had ever seen,” former teammate Monica Okolo told KRIV in Houston.
Known as Jen and Jenny, Hickmon is survived by a daughter, Kelis Williams; her parents, Orestia and Linda Williams, seven siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
From her obituary:
“We are sad that we won’t hear Jen’s voice or her laugh or see that beautiful 1,000-watt smile.Her unconditional love and guiding spirit will carry us forward — continuing to influence everything we do. We will honor her legacy by continuing to move forward and have the best life we can.”