$10,000 Reward Offered in Newlywed's Shooting Death

Arlington man had steady job and no enemies, bride says

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    The wife of an Arlington man who was killed while walking his dog pleaded for help in catching his killer. (Published Thursday, Nov 11, 2010)

    The wife of an Arlington man who was killed while walking his dog pleaded for help in catching the killer as police announced a $10,000 reward in the case.

    George Hawkins, 52, was shot in the head in the 2200 block of Elmwood Drive at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 26.

    Widow: There Was No Reason to Shoot My Husband

    [DFW] Widow: There Was No Reason to Shoot My Husband
    The wife of an Arlington man who was killed while walking his dog pleaded for help in catching his killer. (Published Thursday, Nov 11, 2010)

    "There's no reason why -- out walking your dog. There's no reason," said his wife, Vatrice Hawkins.

    They had married just two months earlier.

    "Newlyweds -- we were still on our honeymoon," Vatrice Hawkins said.

    Police said the shooting is a real whodunit. There are no known witnesses, police said. Robbery wasn't the motive. Hawkins wasn't even carrying his billfold at the time.

    His wife said he had no enemies.

    He was just walking their dog, a tiny Shih Tzu named Jassmine. She was not hurt and was by Hawkins' side when police arrived.

    "I don't know why anyone would pick him to shoot," Vatrice Hawkins said.

    She said she met Hawkins, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years, on a blind date several years ago at a Mexican restaurant.

    "I know how much he cared for me and loved me because he showed me that every day," she said. "I'm just lost and empty without him."

    To add to the mystery, another man was shot in June just feet away in the same apartment breezeway.

    That case also remains unsolved, but police say there's no reason to believe at this point that the two are connected.

    The $10,000 reward in Hawkins' case is being offered by Oak Farms Dairy for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the shooter.