Over the weekend, a 12-year-old boy from Houston has been accused of gunning down a 51-year-old woman inside an apartment in Greater Greenspoint.
The boy, whose identity has not been released due to the fact that he’s a minor, was arrested in the murder of Sharon Hawkins, who was discovered dead on the bedroom floor with multiple gunshot wounds on Saturday afternoon, Houston Police said Monday.
Police said the pre-teen was originally considered a witness to the case, after he told detectives he saw a suspect, wearing all black, leaving the scene at the Salado at City View apartment complex in the 1000 block of Greens Road.
Investigators discovered no sign of forced entry. Eventually, they took the boy into custody.
The young man was charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was transferred to Harris County Juvenile Probation system.
No motive for the homicide was immediately released. Neighbors said that Hawkins to care of the boy who’s now charged with her murder and that the boy lived in the apartment.
The family members of the 12-year-old’s victim said they were shocked to find out that their loved ones’ killer was not even a teenager yet.
“What put it in a 12-year-old boy’s head to walk up to somebody and just kill them in the house?” Hawkins’ sister-in-law, Kenisha Hawkins, told local Fox affiliate KRIV-TV.
The family said they know of no motive that could possibly explain the murder.
“I know that she was staying with a coworker, but at this point, all we doing is assuming who the 12-year-old is,” says her sister-in-law.
She leaves behind two sons, Jarvis Hawkins and Andre Hawkins, the latter of whom told Fox he was disturbed to find out that a young boy had been arrested and charged for his mother’s murder.
Jarvis Hawkins, the youngest son said, “I really 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?”
“A 12-year-old? That’s the first thing I said, a 12-year-old?,” Andre said.
“She was my everything, she was my best friend,” the heartbroken son said of his mom. “She was my go-to person whenever I needed advice about something, anything, it hurts.”
“It’s like I lost my own life.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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