Family Pleads For Answers on Unsolved Cold Case

Posted at 8:04 PM, Oct 15, 2018

Tuesday marks three years since a Murfreesboro father was shot and killed, and his family remains hopeful answers and justice will come soon.

They discussed the cold case Monday, and said it is still difficult to talk about Gregg Hawkins’ death.  They said the last three years have been filled with heartbreak and lots of emotions. 

“I know it’s been three years tomorrow, but it’s no different than the day it happened,” said Janet Hawkins, Gregg Hawkins’ wife.  “Gregg deserves justice.”

On the morning of October 16, 2015, Hawkins, 53, was fishing with family at the Mona Boat Ramp in Smyrna.  Rutherford County detectives believe he may have encountered someone breaking into vehicles when he was shot and killed.

His family remembered Hawkins as a loving father, husband and brother.  They said he was smart and honest, and they miss him every day.

“Before it was difficult because it was shock,” said Darren Hawkins, Gregg Hawkins’ brother.  “Now it’s difficult because it’s reality.”

Hawkins also worked as an engineer at Nissan and was an active member of World Outreach Church.

Hawkins’ wife, brother, and two daughters begged people to come forward with information on the case.

“There is no piece of information that is too small,” said Logan LaRese, Hawkins’ daughter.  “Anything could potentially find whoever did this.”

Rutherford County detectives continue to investigate the cold case.  They believe people may have heard details about Hawkins’ murder, but have not come forward with the information.

“If you saw something in that area, or heard someone speak about something, that’s what we want to hear,” said Det. Steve Craig.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of Hawkins’ killer. People who have information are asked to call Detective Kohler at 615-904-3046 or Detective Kyle Norrod at 615-904-3076 and leave a message.