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Murdered Charlotte man grew up in Newtown, Connecticut

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte man murdered over the summer, grew up in Newtown, Connecticut, and his family is devastated by the recent news.

Matthew Hawkins was shot in the head near the Little Sugar Creek Greenway July 10. 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 was remodeling a home and was killed over $20, police say. The same Matthew Hawkins grew up, just minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scene of the mass shooting on December 14.

"We've watched the memorial services, and as you see the 26 candles, I picture my son on one of those candles too," said Matthew's father Bud Hawkins.

Hawkins says he knows what it is like to lose a child, and the Sandy Hook parents are dealing with a private pain. He says it's a pain that may never go away.

"I'd love to hug each one of them. It's tough and they are going through a grieving period and it'll be a hard adjustment for them," Hawkins said.

Back in Charlotte, CMPD detectives have still not arrested anyone in connection with Matthew's murder. January will mark six months. Bud Hawkins believes there are several people who know what happened to his son.

Crime Stoppers is giving away a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Hawkins. You can call 704-334-1600. You can remain anonymous when you call.

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