Lynchburg Police say Tuesday killing helped reopen an unsolved 2017 homicide case

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg Police Department has reopened a cold case.

In 2017, Jermaine Hawkins was shot in Lynchburg, dying from his injuries weeks later. His homicide was never solved.

Police say that while they were investigating another fatal shooting this week, they learned some new information that opened up the cold case.

“We don’t take lightly the reopening of this homicide investigation,” said Lt. Adam Sexton with the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Lynchburg Police Department.

In August 2017, Hawkins was shot near Rivermont Avenue and Rodes Street.

An affidavit for a search warrant describes a white Dodge Grand Caravan was parked nearby with the keys in the ignition. Multiple shell casings and a handgun were found near the car.

Hawkins died that October, but the case went cold.

“After the most recent murder of Scottie Humbles,” said Detective Chad Davis, the lead detective on the Hawkins case, “we received information through the collaborative efforts of units within the Lynchburg Police Department which is now causing us to reopen this investigation.”

Humbles was shot in Lynchburg on Tuesday, April 20, later dying at the hospital. Police say information in that investigation led them to reopen the Hawkins killing.

“When a new lead pops forward pops up or is brought forward to us by the community or by Crime Stoppers or by anything like that,” Davis said, “then that’s when we have to react.”

Police won’t say what that information is, like if it’s new evidence or a name.

“We will work diligently and with purpose to make sure that we respect the family of Jermaine Hawkins as we go forward with this,” Sexton said.

“I have not actually reached out to the family of Jermaine Hawkins at this time,” said Davis. “It is something that I will be doing.”

A Lynchburg resident familiar with both killings tells WFXR News she believes the suspect in the Scottie Humbles killing knew the person who killed Jermaine Hawkins. But again, police are not describing what the connection is between the two investigations.

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