Group urges witnesses to come forward after Makiya Hawkins shooting

Makiya Hawkins
Makiya Hawkins

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A youth group is urging people to come forward to help find the people responsible for the death of Makiya Hawkins.

The president of Beyond Differences Youth Council, Asya Sheffield, and other youth are speaking at County Square Friday afternoon asking people involved or witnesses to come forward to help provide closure for the crime.

The news conference will begin at 4:00pm and will be streamed live on

The group is also encouraging other youth organizations to join them to stop violence like this in the future.

“We have to address youth violence from a larger comprehensive perspective that is inclusive of every segment of our community,” says Sheffield.

17-year-old Makiya Hawkins died after she was shot behind the Pavilion Recreation Center in Taylors on May 14.

Sheriff Will Lewis says Hawkins was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting.

“We have no indication at all, no reason to believe, that Makiya was in any way involved with a gang,” Lewis said.

Sheriff Lewis says Hawkins was just a bystander.

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