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A Virginia company is chipping in and helping to raise money for the young son of a Charlotte murder victim.
Matthew Hawkins, 39, died at Carolina's Medical Center in July, when someone shot him over $20. Hawkins was shot in the head near the Little Sugar Creek Greenway on July 10th.
The incident was reported on the 700 block of East 17th Street off of North McDowell Street, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Hawkins had bought the home to remodel it and was inside doing construction with his girlfriend when the shooter came inside and demanded money, police say
"(It's) a father and mother's worst nightmare of all the ways to lose a child. It was just a nightmare. It still is," said his father, Bud Hawkins
Renee Wilson, a childhood friend of Hawkins, says she wants to raise enough money to send Hawkins' young son, Liam, to summer camp. Wilson owns a fitness business in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has created a special website for Liam Hawkins.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of a killer in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte was upped late last month to $10,000. Police canvassed the area looking for the shooter, but have not been able to locate him. Authorities are not releasing a suspect description.
"My wife and I and our whole family just want him off the street, so he can't hurt anyone else. That's all we want," Bud Hawkins said.
Police are still looking for the shooter. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can remain anonymous, and can earn $10,000.