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Biloxi mom hit by a car ‘made everyone feel loved and important.’ Her death is still a mystery.

Erin Hamilton was struck by a car in D'Iberville early Sunday morning. Her former dance teacher, Kelli Dickens, mourned Erin's loss on Facebook.
Erin Hamilton was struck by a car in D'Iberville early Sunday morning. Her former dance teacher, Kelli Dickens, mourned Erin's loss on Facebook. Facebook

Friends of a woman who died under mysterious circumstances remember her as a social, loving person, who was a single mother and a pharmacy technician.

Police say Erin Hamilton, 32, of Biloxi, was lying on the road when a vehicle struck her early Sunday morning in the 600 block of Cypress Drive in the Forest Cove subdivision.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death and whether she was dead when the vehicle struck her.

Friends remember Hamilton as a former dancer at Kelli’s Steps in Biloxi, a former classmate at D’Iberville High and the previous owner of a boutique.

Hamilton had interned as a pharmacy technician at Polks Drugs in Biloxi and had worked in the pharmacy at Walgreens in Ocean Springs.

“She was a beautiful person inside and out,” Taryn Pratt Flynt said.

“I know everyone says that about people when they pass, but it’s very true with Erin. She made everyone feel loved and important.”

Flynt and Hamilton had stayed in touch since high school.

Hamilton was especially proud of her elementary school-age son and his accomplishments, Flynt said.

Hamilton also had a flair for style, she said.

“She was great with fashion — loved stylish clothes — and hair and makeup,” Flynt said. Hamilton often did Flynt’s hair and makeup for special events such as Mardi Gras balls.

“She always made everyone feel welcome. Very social and fun and just so giving.”

Police say the driver who struck her called for help about 4:21 a.m. Sunday. Firefighter/paramedics and American Medical Response met the man with police at the scene and the coroner arrived, pronouncing her dead.

“There is nothing new to release to the public, but the main thing is we are waiting on the results of the autopsy,” Police Lt. Jason King said Monday.

It’s unclear if Hamilton had been visiting someone in the neighborhood, but police are trying to determine that, he said.

“We have an idea what happened,” King said.

“We’re receiving phone calls and want to hear from anyone who saw her on Saturday night.”

To give a tip, call the D’Iberville Police Department at 228-396-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Or give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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