A Life Cut Short

So, if you get to the point that you were wondering where I was, here goes nothing.

My brother in law might as well be my brother for how long that I have known him. We’ve known his family for a very long time. His only sister is 12 years younger than him. We’ve known her since she was so little. We knew that things weren’t going well. She had such trouble coming out of high school. She got into drugs, had a lot of problems, but she was going through things with her friends. So, things were getting better, she had gotten into rehabilitation, and there was hope. Real hope.

She was found in Laurel Riverfront Park the day after Memorial Day. She had been stabbed multiple times, and bled out on the walkway behind a church, behind a pool that was filled the entire day of Memorial Day Monday. My father called, and I literally thought he was kidding. I spent the afternoon in front of the Medical Examiner’s office just because I didn’t quite know what else to do, or to say.

I got hung up on by my sister, and snapped at when I called back. No one wanted to talk, no one knew what to do, what to say.

The viewing was yesterday, and to say it was hard is an understatement. She was 21, and three months pregnant. Such a tragedy. Such a loss, no one wants this to happen, despite the life she once lead.

Christen Heidi Hawkins was a light in a lot of people’s eyes. Darling, I’m sorry for ever thinking ill of you, thank you for being a sister, a daughter, and a friend to those that loved you.

You will be missed.

Here are a couple of links that are of news stories, including the one in the Baltimore Examiner.

Baltimore Examiner Article

WTOP Section


Fox 5

Police Press Release
Anyone that knows ANYTHING is URGED HIGHLY to contact the City of Laurel Police. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever did this. Please let me know, and please spread the word, you don’t have to leave your name.


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6 Responses to “A Life Cut Short”

  1. tigereye Says:

    I am so, so sorry.
    What a horrible thing.

  2. charlotte harris Says:

    wow, that’s just so terrible… good of you to keep getting the word out, though… hope your family get some justice and some closure

  3. cripkitty Says:

    Tiger ~ It’s strange isn’t it?? It makes you not want to go out, not want to have fun, because something so scary and tragic happens.

    Charlotte ~ You gotta do what you can, I find myself thinking it’s the only thing I can do…just keep talking about it.

  4. geekhiker Says:

    Wow. Tragic. Simply tragic. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss, of the life cut short. Can’t do much from out here, but my heart goes out to you. *hug* Hope you’re doing okay.

  5. pandemonic Says:

    My sympathies, M. So very sorry… 😦

  6. thelittlefluffycat Says:

    I am so sorry. It doesn’t matter if it catches us by surprise, or if it is a long time coming–it’s never, ever, easy to be left behind. {{{M}}}

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