HOUSTON, TX– A 12-year-old boy who started out as witness is now in police custody as the main suspect and is being charged with murdering a 50-year-old woman at an apartment in Greenspoint.
According to Fox26, the shooting took place around 4:40 p.m. on Saturday at an apartment at the Salado City View complex located in the 1000 block of Greens Road. The victim, since identified as Sharon Hawkins, was found lying on the bedroom floor, suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Hawkins was pronounced dead at the scene by the Houston Fire Department paramedics. Her death is being ruled as a homicide.
Hawkins worked as a security guard at the downtown Houston courthouse. At the time of the shooting, she was staying at the apartment with a co-worker.
Hawkins’ family was devastated after hearing the news of her tragic death, but when they learned a day later that the person responsible for the deadly shooting was a 12-year-old boy, they were shocked.
Hawkins’ sister-in-law, Kenisha Hawkins, said in a statement:
“What put it in a 12-year-old boy’s head to walk up to somebody and just kill them in the house?”
Hawkins’ son, Andre Hawkin, said:
“A 12-year-old? That’s the first thing I said, a 12-year-old?”
As of now, the family says they do not know of any motive or anything about her murder other than the suspect’s age. Her sister-in-law said:
“I know that she was staying with a co-worker, but at this point, all we doing is assuming who the 12-year-old is.”
We are heartbroken over the tragic loss of our employee, Sharon Hawkins. She worked as a security screener technician in our Downtown Courthouse Complex in our building security division. Prayers to her family, friends and coworkers. #PCT1Family pic.twitter.com/YUvqVWVijL
— Constable Alan Rosen Harris County Pct. 1 (@Pct1Constable) July 27, 2020
Hawkins’ is survived by three sons and one grandchild. Andre, one of her sons, said that he didn’t receive the news about her passing until hours after she was pronounced dead.
He said in a heartfelt statement:
“It’s like I lost my own life. She was my everything. She was my best friend. She was my go-to person whenever I needed advice about something, anything. It hurts.”
Jarvis, Hawkins’ youngest son said:
“I really just want justice for my mom, that’s it. That’s all I want. Just like why though? You know, like why it had to be her?”
PRAYERS FOR HER FAMILY 🙏🙏🙏 Sharon Hawkins was shot and killed on Saturday at an apartment in Greenspoint. Police say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder.
— T.J. Parker (@TJParkerABC13) July 28, 2020
Her son’s told ABC13 that she never missed a day of work and always provided for them. They continue to try and focus on the good.
“I remember times when we were in the kitchen cooking, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. She was the best mother.”
“I just feel she’s in a better place. There’s no more suffering for her. I really just miss her a lot.”
Sharon D. Hawkins Death | Cause of Death – Sharon D. Hawkins Obituary https://t.co/e2cMEz4Aj0
— Mike Strong (@DeathRIP_Obit) July 28, 2020
According to police, the 12-year-old started out as witness, telling police that he saw someone dressed in all black leave the apartment. However, in their investigations, the police found the boy to be their actual suspect. Houston Police found no signs of forced entry into the apartment.
According to KPRC 2, neighbors said that Hawkins cared for the boy who is accused of killing her and that the suspect lived in the apartment along with another sibling. As of Monday, the exact familial relationship between the suspect and the victim is still not clear.
Due to the age of the suspect, his identity has not yet been released. The 12-year-old suspect is being charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Hawkins’ family is also hoping that whoever is responsible for giving the 12-year-old the firearm will also face charges.
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It seems that criminals are getting younger and younger these days, such as the following previous report we brought you out of Chicago.
As if the city of Chicago is not facing enough trouble given the current situation with riots and police assaults, now it is being reported that children are carjacking people around the city.
On the south side of Chicago, children as young as 10 years old are reportedly carjacking people at gunpoint.
In the early evening of July 14th, Alyssa Blanchard, a 44 year old elementary school teacher, was returning home when a car drove up and three or four children approached her. They pointed guns at her head, and forced her out of her vehicle.
They then drove off with her BMW and purse, which contained about $300. Blanchard said one child looked as young as 11.
According to Fox32, Blanchard is quoted as saying:
“I’m scared to use my garage. I don’t feel safe in my neighborhood,”
What Blanchard found particularly disturbing, is the next day her car was used to carjack another woman just a few block from her home, in the parking lot of Trinity Hospital. In this incident, a 21 year old woman was held at gunpoint and forced out of her Lexus.
“I don’t want to have to tell my kid about how some young woman was killed or shot with kids using my vehicle. It was traumatizing,”
Several days later, Blanchard’s BMW was found crashed.
Would love to see the stats on car jackings in Chicago. https://t.co/qhHMLvbdoJ
— DP Roberts (@ajwahls) May 28, 2020
At this time, no arrests have been made, but police said the carjackings are occurring more frequently.
According to Fox32, here are the latest reported carjackings, that are said to be linked:
–June 23 in the 7200 block of South Champlain Avenue;
–July 9 in the 8000 block of South Indiana Avenue;
–July 15 in the 8700 block of South Stony Island Avenue;
–July 15 in the 7500 block of South Wabash Avenue;
–July 16 in the 9100 block of South Essex Avenue;
–July 16 in the 7300 block of South Chappel Avenue;
–July 17 in the 8800 block of South Luella Avenue;
–July 17 in the 8900 block of South Euclid Avenue;
–July 17 in the 9100 block of South Jeffrey Avenue;
–July 18 in the 9100 block of South Euclid Avenue;
–July 18 in the 8600 block of South Constance Avenue;
–July 18 in the 9300 block of South Paxton Avenue;
–July 18 in the 9300 block of South Essex Avenue;
–July 18 in the 1600 Block of East 92nd Place; and
–July 18 in the 8100 Block of South Indiana Avenue.
Anyone with information is asked to call CPD’s vehicle highjacking task force at 312-745-4489.
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