Widow hopes electronic billboards will bring information about murder

(Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The widow of a man murdered last October hopes electronic billboards will help bring in information about the unsolved case.

William “Gregg” Hawkins was shot and killed Oct. 16 while fishing at Smyrna’s Mona Boat Ramp.

Detectives believe Hawkins interrupted car burglaries in progress while his daughter waited down at the boat ramp.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“It’s just been six months of total devastation and sorrow,” his wife Janet Hawkins said. “Our daughters, Brandi and Logan, had such an involved father. My loving husband has just been taken away.”

She hopes electronic billboards posted seeking information about his murder will encourage someone to report information to investigating Detective Kyle Norrad at 615-904-3043.

MORE: Further coverage on the murder of Gregg Hawkins

Janet Hawkins talked to News 2 Thursday about the effort to get information.

“My best friend’s not here anymore. But I owe him this,” said Hawkins. “I will never give up. So they need to know that now. This will never end. I will do whatever I have to do.”

The billboards were posted Tuesday at Northwest Broad Street and Old Nashville Highway in Murfreesboro, Waldron Road and U.S. Highway 41 in La Vergne, and Interstate 24 at Bell Road in Nashville.

It shows a photo of Hawkins with his daughter Brandi.

The family is offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer.

“We just need people to come forward,” Janet Hawkins said. “I want to thank Lamar. This has been a huge blessing in our lives.”

People with information may also call Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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