While many are still mourning the recent death of rapper Proof from gunfire, Houston is now the setting for another musician to be laid to rest.
Big Hawk of Houston's Screwed Up Click was shot outside a friend's house in South Houston late Monday night, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Screwed Up Click rapper was apparently waiting for his friend to show up when he was gunned down. The S.U.C was made famous by its' founder, the late DJ Screw and is still home to artists like Lil Flip, Z-Ro and Big Pokey. Police have not identified a motive nor possible suspects.
"This is an incident where you've got a victim shot multiple times, possibly by more than one suspect," said Houston Police spokesman John Cannon." They are currently following a witnesses account of a small white compact leaving the scene at or around 10:45PM, the time of the initial gun fire.
John Edward "Big Hawk" Hawkins was 36 and leaves behind his wife, Meshah Henderson Hawkins, and their two young sons. Hawk was well respected by other musicians in the Houston area for his non-violent lifestyle in his music and real life.
Frequent collaborater Paul Wall said of the shooting, "It's got to either be a case of mistaken identity or an attempted robbery by somebody who didn't realize who they were robbing. Hawk was all about positivity and bringing people together."
In 1998 Big Hawk's brother, rapper Fat Pat was shot to death. Since his brothers' shooting Hawk gave up on the violent mentality within hip-hop and frequently reminisced on Screw and his brother Fat Pat's demise. Most recently on the track, "Swang" with Houstons own Trae he said:
"I'm a swang, and a swang, and a swang to the left / Pop my trunk for Fat Pat's death // I would give my last breath if I could bring you back / Bring Screw back // A matter of fact / Bring the whole crew back!"
A trust fund has been set up for his wife and two children and if you would like to donate please use the information below:
FOR THE BENEFIT OF JOHN HAWKINS
-BANK OF AMERICA
-ACCT .. 005864814576
The police investigation into the shooting is on-going and the police are still hoping more witnesses will come forward.