Arrest in connection to Pavilion shooting that killed Hawkins

Makiya Hawkins
Makiya Hawkins

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A teen has been charged in connection with a shooting at Pavilion Recreation Center in Taylors on May 14 that killed 17-year-old Makiya Hawkins.

Ricci Murphy Jr., 18, is charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Breach of Peace High and Aggravated.

Ricci Murphy Jr.
Ricci Murphy Jr.

He is NOT charged with the death of Hawkins.

The sheriff’s office say Murphy is accused of not having a permit for the gun and firing it multiple times, causing widespread fear and panic.

There was a crowd of over 100 people gathered at the Pavilion, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators say one other person fired back which hit and killed Hawkins.

Greenville Co. Schools confirms Murphy just completed the 11th grade at Eastside High School.

A youth group is urging people to come forward to help find the people responsible for the death of 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 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.

Sheffield says Beyond Differences is organizing a youth rally to stop gun violence on July 15th to coincide with a national rally in Washington, D.C.

They are also hosting a camp beginning June 12 for kids grades 5th through 9th at 501 Worley Road.

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