Family pleads for answers in Murfreesboro fisherman’s death

William Hawkins, Mona Boat Ramp shooting
Photo: WKRN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The wife and daughters of William “Gregg” Hawkins, a fisherman shot to death last Friday in Smyrna, are asking the public for help in bringing his killer to justice.

“My dad is the most amazing man I have ever met in my entire life and he will forever be the most amazing person I have ever known. If there was anything he ever taught me, it was to always tell the truth and always do the right thing,” daughter Brandi Hawkins told News 2.

William Hawkins, Mona Boat Ramp shooting
(Photo: WKRN)

Hawkins’ family wants anyone with information to step up and come forward.

The 53-year-old man was shot to death at the Mona Boat Ramp Friday morning. Police reported he was killed while interrupting a crime in progress.

Authorities interviewed witnesses who heard the gunshots. Evidence was also collected but developments have not been made.

“We lost so much, our hearts will forever be broken,” said Janet Hawkins, his wife of 33 years.

She said they are relying on their faith to get by and that’s not all.

“Knowing that he would want us to continue on, he taught us that he would never let us give up,” she said.

Hawkins was an engineer for Nissan. He so enjoyed the outdoors according to his family.

“I think that’s where I find comfort. He was taken from us too early but he, out of all of us, he was the most ready. It’s because of what he was doing that we will be ready too,” Logan LaRese, a daughter of Hawkins, told News 2.

People ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

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