Who murdered Cody Hawkins?
That’s the question drivers along Highways 72 and 221 will be faced with for a while, as a billboard featuring the late 24-year-old’s face was put up Tuesday evening as a way to convince witnesses to come forward in this case.
Hawkins was slain by a single bullet fired in a drive-by shooting May 19 on Pearl Street.
Since then, Greenwood police Public Information Officer Jonathan Link said investigators have worked hard interviewing people and scouring for evidence. What officers need, however, is for the people who do have some knowledge of this case to step forward and share it.
“We need somebody to speak up because we do know there’s someone who has knowledge of this stuff,” he said. “Most of the time, when somebody does this, they brag about it to somebody.”
Link joined members of the Hawkins family, Mothers Commanding Cease Fire and Freedom Fighters of the Upstate in a press conference Wednesday to announce the billboard and remind people about the open investigation. The sign, posted along the eastbound side of 72/221, near the CVS Pharmacy, remind the public of the $2,000 cash reward being offered by Crime Stoppers of the Midlands.
Tips in this case can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, via the P3 Tips app or by calling the Greenwood Police Department’s investigators at 864-942-8407.
“All we want is answers. We want justice,” said Shanna Childs, Cody’s godmother. “Somebody knows something. If you know something, say something.”
Childs said her family has been hurting for months now, and they’re taking it day by day. Sleep doesn’t come easy for them at night, but she said they’ll continue to fight because they believe they’ll get justice for Cody. It’s what inspired her to take up activism and start Mothers Commanding Cease Fire with other women whose families have seen death through gun violence.
LaBrittany Hawkins, Cody’s sister, was in tears while talking about the pain her family has suffered at the hands of this unidentified shooter.
“I feel like I’ve been robbed,” she said. “They took away something I can’t get back.”
Hawkins said she was used to her brother being an everyday part of her life, but now she has to visit the cemetery to talk with him.
“If it was your brother, your son, your godson, you’d come forward for them,” Childs said. “Come forward. Let’s just deal with this.”