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 Shawna Denise Hawk

Shawna Denise Hawk

Death 20 Feb 1993 (aged 20)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 19447842 · View Source
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Many remember Dee Sumpter's darling daughter Shawna Denise Hawk as a murder victim of serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, but few people other than family and friends remember her as a very beautiful, smart and virtuous young woman. She was the second child and only daughter of Dee Sumpter and Walter Hawk II. She grew up to become a very beautiful, sweet, gentle, shy, saintly young woman with so much to offer. She and her beautiful mother are very tight with each other, for she shares her mother's petite stature, very smooth skin, and very sparkling bright eyes. The ladies have a lot in common.

Mother and daughter were alone in Charlotte after her family split up in the early 1990s. Her brothers lived with their father, a high school principal in Atlanta back then while her older brother served in the military in Germany. Shawna and her mother lived in a two story apartment on Elon Avenue. Her mother used to work as a receptionist at a downtown Charlotte law firm back in the early 1990s. Now, Dee works as a receptionist at Calvary Church, a nondemonational church. Shawna attended college in the morning and worked at Taco Bell at night, paying for her college tuition at a local community college. She was studying to be a paralegal, which was a very popular profession and I'm sure she would have been a very successful lawyer as well, for she was very intelligent and have a passion for justice. She also want to have a child as well. Her ambitions and dreams were cut short by someone she knew and trust. His name is the nortorious serial killer Henry Louis Wallace.

Henry Wallace arrived in Charlotte from Barnwell, S.C. in late 1991. He found jobs at various restaurants in East Charlotte, then a thriving area with then-prosperous Eastland Mall. Mr. Wallace's charm helped him make friends easily. Beneath the charm hides a sinister side he never showed when he was in public view. His private life is another matter. He was once her boss at Taco Bell in East Charlotte.

Short though it was, she had a good life. Not the kind of things you win awards for, but little behind-the-scenes type things that meant something to everyone she touched.`` Hawk met Kirkpatrick on the set of ``Can You Help My Child?`` He is an actor in the drama, which focuses awareness on drugs and violence in inner cities. Sumpter was doing publicity for the singers in the play, and Shawna used to help out with odd jobs. Sumpter introduced Darrell Kirkpatrick to her daughter in late 1992. The couple had been dating just over a month before her tragic death in 1993. ``She was never trying to be somebody else, just always herself...She was sweet, and had a real good sense of humor. We had a lot of quality time together

Shawna loves children and was a protector as well. Shawna spent a great deal of time taking care of her godson, Jermond Williams, 2. Jermond`s mother, Tasha Williams, and Hawk met when both were students at East Mecklenburg High School and worked part time at McDonald`s. Jermond had spent the night at Hawk`s house, and Hawk had planned to pick him and Williams up at the day care center about 3 p.m. She never came. ``Jermond`s been asking about her. They were real close, she loved him a lot. And he used to talk to her every night on the phone. I don`t think he really knows yet that something`s wrong." according to Shawna's best friend. A month before her untimely passing, she was babysitting her neighbor's daughter whose house was broken into while alone one January afternoon. Her parents filed a report with the police. The police didn't follow through the report. It turned to be none other than the nortorious serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, who took advantage of police indifference to neighborhoods of color and who always displayed his gentlemanly demeanor in public. Shawna and her mother stepped up the plate and kept her safe in their house until her parents arrived.

He betrayed Miss Hawk's trust, innocence, and kindness by assaulting and killing her on the afternoon of February 19, 1993. Mr. Wallace attended her funeral like nothing ever happened. He also attended funerals of victims Valencia Jumper and Vannessa Mack. It wasn't until March 1994 when he confessed to the police of killing Shawna Hawk along with nine other young Black women in Charlotte between 1992 and March 1994.

Shawna's family and her godmother Judy Williams founded Mothers of Murdered Offspring. The organization is dedicated to parents of murdered victims and it's still going strong today. The organization arrange vigils, funerals offer counseling for parents and loved ones of murder victims.

Shawna was nicknamed "The Purple Princess" because her favorite color was purple, a favorite of royality and was adopted by Mothers of Murdered Offspring to represent nonviolence.

May she always be remembered and may God grant the beautiful princess peace.


In remembrance of Shawna D. Hawk, "The Purple Princess" Dec. 2, 1972- Feb. 20, 1993

The markings on the headstone is somewhat faded. Otherwise is still a magnificent memorial.

  • Created by: La Reyna
  • Added: 19 May 2007
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Shawna Denise Hawk (2 Dec 1972–20 Feb 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19447842, citing Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by La Reyna (contributor 46618294) .