Exclusive video shows the moments before a local man was murdered, while he was mowing his own lawn.
The victim is 61-year old Kenneth Dexter Hawkins, but friends call him “Kenny.”
The exclusive surveillance video from a neighbor’s home shows Hawkins cutting his grass, moments before he was killed on Tuesday. We’re told that video was recently passed on to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
All day Wednesday, police searched for evidence at the home on Biscayne Lakes Drive. Police looked inside a car inside the garage, trying to figure out what happened to Hawkins.
“We have seen him a little after one, we went down to Zaxby’s and got something to eat and came back, and he was just finishing up his yard, and waved at us,” said D.C. Stone.
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Stone said Hawkins would cut his grass every Tuesday, but didn’t think Tuesday’s greeting would be the last time, he saw his neighbor alive.
“The mail lady called me over, wanted me to go up and see if he was still breathing. That’s when I saw he was gone. I unzipped his jacket, that’s when I seen, it was gruesome. It was real bad, real bad,” said Stone.
We found out Hawkins was a bus driver for JTA. A spokeswoman sent us this statement: “JTA are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker Kenneth Hawkins, and he had been a bus operator since 2004. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this most difficult time.”
Action News Jax did some checking and found out within the last four weeks, there were 64 crimes reported in a two-mile radius of this neighborhood, but Stone said there haven’t been any murders on their street in years,
“Oh yeah it scares me, crime all over town, it’s getting bad everywhere, it’s not isolated just one place, it’s everywhere,” said Stone.
Police are still looking for the suspect. If you know anything about the murder, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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