In 2007, Dairea Hawkins was gunned down at just 14-years-old.
His family has been trying to find out who killed him ever since.
They are hoping a new billboard will lead to some answers.
“What if it was your family? What if it was your loved one? Your child? What if it was your brother, cousin? You would want someone to say something,” said Jeffery Hawkins, Dairea’s father.
He goes on another year without his son by his side. Dairea was shot and killed on Aug. 18, 2007.
“It marks the 11-year anniversary of his death, but it’s just something you deal with every day,” Jeffery said.
It’s not only the loss, but the unanswered questions after so many years as the case remains cold.
Police said Dairea was inside a party store when an altercation broke out. That’s when he walked out to the corner of Saginaw and Alma, where he was hit by a stray bullet. He died at the scene.
“Somebody had just started firing shots and he got hit once in the chest,” Jeffery said.
The person was never caught.
The Hawkins family refuse to give up.
Most recently, they shared a photo of a Crime Stoppers billboard along the highway asking for information about Dairea’s murder.
“We’re always optimistic that though another day, another month, another year go by, that this will be the time that somebody will speak up,” Jeffery said.
He said it would mean the world to have justice for his son.
Dairea was the first son Jeffery lost to gun violence. Dairea’s older brother was murdered in 2010. His killer was caught.
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