Decapitated Woman's Parents Speak Out

By: Kate Eckman
By: Kate Eckman

Ginger and Barry Beaver are living every parent's worst nightmare. Their 18-year-old daughter, Lennia Hing-Collier, was decapitated by her husband, Blake Collier.

Ginger Beaver said, "It's hitting me now. I walk out my door every day and see the spot where it happened. It's just, it's horrible."

Lennia's headless body was found in a shallow grave in a wooded area off Big Daddy Drive in March 2005. Her head was found in shallow water in the same area about seven weeks later.

"I want people to see that these things do take place, even in these small towns. I feel there should be stricter punishment that they can't get away with stuff like this."

Collier has been undergoing mental evaluations and treatment at a Gainesville psychiatric hospital since the incident.

The courts ruled he was incompetent to stand trial for his wife's brutal murder, something he admitted doing, but doctors have now determined Collier is competent.

Barry Beaver said, "At least now, after more than a year, he's confessing to the murder and now at least we're going to be able to go to trial and some justice can be brought to him, somebody that could do something like this, especially to someone like Lennia."

Collier will be in court for a competency hearing this Thursday.

"It brings it a little bit closer to the closure of this. That now instead of him thinking he got away with it, we can finally get something done. He can't just get away with what he's done."

But Ginger says she doesn't think Collier was ever incompetent based on the letters and phone calls she's received from him.

"I believe it was an act. I don't believe that he was mentally ill. It was, to me, premeditated."

Lennia was pregnant with her second child when she was murdered. Her daughter, Emma, now lives with her sister in Georgia.

"I look at Emma, her daughter, and I hope she can have a happier life than her mother did."

The Beavers want everyone to learn from their tragedy.

"I want parents and wives to know that if there is abuse it does not get better. It doesn't change, it only gets worse."

Ginger says she will never get over the loss of her daughter, but finds comfort knowing that now Lennia is safe.

“I want them to know part of the reason I can get through this now, since she would not leave him with the abuse, at least he can't hurt her anymore."

If you would like to pay tribute to Lennia's life, there is an online memorial. Go to and search for Lennia Hing.

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