Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Murder of Tiara Lott

Family never gave up hope that the person responsible for her death would be found and held accountable.

On a cold winter day this past January, family, friends and loved ones gathered for a vigil and balloon launch  in memory of Tiara Lott. They were  still holding on to hope that the person responsible for her death would be found and held accountable.

Tiara, 22, had  gone missing in January of 2021. Her body was found weeks later  near Wex Avenue along the train tracks. 

This week their prayers were answered when her ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old Andre “Dro” Whigham turned himself in  almost  a year and  a half after the crime.

He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Tiara. If   convicted of the charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He’s being held without bail. A return court date had not been established at press time.

Local law enforcement and Crime Stopper  as well as US Marshals were involved in trying to locate Whigham.

But it was the efforts of her family and community that kept the issue in the forefront and made sure that their loved one was not forgotten as they pressed for justice. 

Central to the community effort was the involvement of Pastor Timothy Newkirk of GYC Ministries from organizing searches to vigils. 

“We never lost hope or faith,” Pastor NewKirk told Fox Buffalo. “We were in touch with law enforcement, so it was just a matter of time.”

He said that although  the arrest of Whigham  won’t bring Tiara back, he was in hopes that it would at least bring some closure to the family.