Family of murdered teen asks for help in investigation
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- It's been two weeks since a Brunswick County teen was shot and killed. Now his family is looking for help solving the murder.

"I'm asking for any information about my son Marcus Hankins, who was killed," Joyce Hankins said. "I know there's somebody out there that knows something."

Joyce Hankins says she is desperate for answers. Since her son Marcus was killed April 16, she says she has been searching for justice. Now she is begging anyone who knows anything to come forward.

"You can call the cops. You can call me. You can come to me personally, but I need someone to stand up," Joyce said. "Marcus was a wonderful person. He was kind natured, had a beautiful smile and he was my only child, my baby, and I need somebody to help me."

Deputies say some witnesses have already come forward, but they say they are missing a few pieces of key information to complete the puzzle.

"We're just asking for additional witnesses to come forward to put the last bit of information that we need for the investigation to hopefully soon make an arrest on the individuals responsible for Marcus's death," Lt. Donna Simpson of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators say with the number of people who were at the party, there is no way this crime went unnoticed.

"Somebody did see something," Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said. "There was too many people there to not see something."

Investigators say that no charges are currently filed against anyone involved with the case, but they hope to have enough information soon to move forward

The Sheriff's Office says it has requested up to $5,000 from the governor to offer as reward money for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.

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As a member of Marcus' Family I don not truly know how to feel about some of the comments I have read on this post today. To know that my litttle cousin for suppose to graduate in less than a month and then go off to college on a full ride athletic scholarship to fullfill his lifelong dream only for a couple of bullets to end that tears me apart each and everyday. Its harder when youre on the outside looking in and do not have to deal with the emotional as well as mental stress from this situation. I was suppose to attend that party that not but chose not to and I thank GOD. However, for those of you who think that its just fine for those witnesses who know something NOT to come forward, I hope I do not offend wnayone but that is heartless. No mother should have to bury her child, letalone her ONLy child with no answers and a hundred or so witnesses who are fearful to come forward because they are afraid. The police and the investigation team have made calls, have come to visit people in the privacy of their own hoe so privacy is not the issue here. Out of all those people there is not an ounce of doubt in my mind that someone saw who took my little cousi's life and honestly I believe someone is more than likely someone dosent want to look like a coward or snitch on a friend who may have done this deed. To all of you who think closed mouths are better, contemplate this thought for just a second. If this were one of your dear and precious children in this same situation...how would you feel if you had a multitude of witnesses to the crime that took your child's life but no one came forward. My family is just looking for justice to be served. Anyone with a heart should be able to understand that. There is not a day that I dont think about Marcus and all the wonderful things he has accomplished inhis life the short number of years hewas here. I will love you forever and always "marcman"....forever my little "souljah #23" ♥

Joyce's response to the murder of her child is the voice that if the killer was sensitive to, he/she may have thought twice before taking the life of another person. When we can help teens realize that though the conflict that is between the two of them is so small in both time and intensity in comparison to the problems dealt with for the rest of their lives. Realizing that it just isn't worth it, and that when they realize if it was their child, it causes us to even put our mental tension away and seek for a civilized solution.

IT IS TRULY A DISGRACE THAT SUCH A TALENTED HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WAS BROUGHT DOWN IN HIS PRIME. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DAY WHEN FIGHTS WERE JUST THAT FIGHTS WITH THE FISTS. AND WHOEVER WON, WON AND THE BEEF WAS DROPPED. NOW PEOPLE HAVE TO BE REAL COWARDS AND PICK UP GUNS TO TAKE A LIFE. WE BLACK PEOPLE AS A WHOLE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND STOP THIS SENSELESS KILLING. THIS FAMILY LOST A SON GRANDSON COUSIN BEST FRIEND BOY FRIEND ETC. AND IT IS JUST A SHAME. WE HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND HERE ACTING LIKE WANNA BE "G'S" BUT THEY CANT BE G ENOUGH AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR HORRIBLE ACTIONS. THOSE WHO WHERE THERE AND KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND ARE NOT TALKING ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THE ONE WHO CARRIED OUT THE CRIME. THE SAD THING ABOUT THIS SITUATION IS NO BODY WINS. MARCUS IS DEAD AND LOST HIS LIFE AND THE KILLER HE JUST MIGHT AS WELL LOST HIS LIFE TOO BECAUSE ALL THAT LIES AHEAD IS JAIL TIME AND ONE HELL OF A GUILTY CONSCIENCE. HOW CAN SOMEONE GO ON AND LIVE WITH THIS TYPE OF THING ON THEIR CONSCIENCE. WHAT IF SOMEONE WOULD HAVE DONE THIS TO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL. THE THING ABOUT IT IS IF THE POLICE NEVER FIND OUT WHO DID IT, BELIEVE ME GOD KNOWS AND AS IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE GOD SAYS THAT VENGANCE IS HIS AND HE WILL REPAY. WHEN HE REPAYS HE WILL REPAY. YOU CANT DO WRONG AND GET BY. THE PARENTS THAT ARE URGING THEIR CHILDREN NOT TO SPEAK, WHAT KIND OF PARENTS ARE YOU REALLY. I KNOW YOU MAY BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE TOOK YOUR CHILD AWAY, WOULDNT YOU WANT HELP WOULDNT YOU WANT ANSWERS. ITS A SHAME THAT HIS MOTHER HAS TO GO ON PUBLIC TV AT HER MOST VULNERABLE AND PAINFUL MOMENT PLEADING FOR JUSTICE AND PLEADING FOR SOMEONE TO COME FORWARD. SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO DO THAT. SHE IS SUFFERING ONE HELL OF PAINFUL LOSS. THOSE THAT KNOW SOMETHING SHOULD COME FORWARD. AND THOSE SO CALLED FRIENDS OF MARCUS THAT DIDNT COME FORWARD IF YOU WERE A TRUE FRIEND AND YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED CONTINUE TO BE A TRUE FRIEND AND GET HIM THE JUSTICE THAT HE DESERVES. YOU YOUNG BLACK MEN ARE FALLING INTO THE STATISTICS THAT SOCIETY HAS PUT YOU INTO. BREAK THAT MOLD AND SHOW SOCIETY THAT BEING BLACK IS NOT ABOUT BEING VIOLENT KILLERS BUT SHOW THEM THAT BEING A BLACK MAN OR WOMAN FOR THAT MATTER IS ABOUT BEING STRONG HARD WORKERS A PEOPLE THAT COME TOGETHER TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP NOT TEAR EACH OTHER DOWN. SLAVERY IS SUPPOSED TO BE GONE TO AN EXTENT. BUT BLACK PEOPLE ARE ONLY ENSLAVING THEM SELVES BY BEING ALLOWED TO BE LABELED "TYPICAL BLACK MAN" WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND RISE ABOVE THIS STIGMA. THE MORE WE KILL EACH OTHER THE MORE WE ARE WIPING OUT OUR OWN RACE. ALL SOCIETY HAS TO DO IS SIT BACK AND WATCH US THROW OUR SELVES INTO EXTINCTION. PLEASE GROW UP AND STOP THIS SILLYNESS. GROW UP EVERYBODY. AND PLEASE THOSE THAT KNOW SOMETHING DO WHAT'S RIGHT. PLEASE, BECAUSE THAT COULD BE YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FAMILY HURTING AND MOURNING YOUR LOSS. MARCUS' MOTHER IS ALONE AND HAS NO BODY PUT YOURSELF IN HER SHOES HE HAD TO BURY A HUSBAND AND NOW A SON....... MS. HANKINS PLEASE STAY STRONG AND I PRAY THAT GOD GRANTS YOU THE PEACE AND STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH. I KNOW THAT IT WILL NOT GET BETTER TODAY, TOMORROW, OR EVEN NEXT YEAR BUT STAY STRONG. DON'T LET NO ONE BREAK YOUR STRENGTH DONT GIVE IN STAY STRONG AND LIVE ON FOR MARCUS......

God bless you!!!! this speach is so correct... Who ever done this is a big coward and they will get what is coming to them by the good lord up above the only thing they say "you must reap what you sow" they only thing who done this broke one of the 10 commanments and you best believe he will possibly brun in hell for eternity... But my sight as a parnet I would never ask my children to lie and cover up such a terriable crime.. what the law needs to do is take everyone they know was there lock there asses up until someone speaks.. because in my eyes they are just as guilty.think of it this way the law see's it as if you are in a store with a friend and a friends decides to steal even thought you don't know it you are gulity by association!!!!!!!!!!!! and every one who was at that party needs to be. then I bet you would get a answer better yet how about the persons who done it's family i'm sure if he/she is a teenager there parnets know they done it maybe they need to get them on harbing a fugtive when they catch the coward that done this... god bless to everyone...

This could have not been said better thank you for being able to understand and see the truth in america today. Thank you and God Bless you THIS IS SO TRUE

So Wrong,

You are sooo wrong for responding to a blog in CAPS.

Go to your CapsLock key and strike once. Then, try again.

Turn of your CAPS lock! It's too hard to read your post when you're SCREAMING! Thank you.

What goes around comes around and with statements and comments as these posted, it may come back to haunt you so be respectful,watch what you say it. If you have NOTHING (and YES it is in CAPS)positive and uplifting to say then say NOTHING (and YES it is in CAPS again) at all!! Stay blessed!!!!

WELL DONT READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND FOR THE RECORD I WASNT SCREAMING..STOP BEING SO PETTY AND GROW UP..

Marcus was not shot at a wedding reception; he was at a 21st birthday party. Kids in the area have been renting this place for drunken parties for several months now. Ask the kids at SBHS--they will tell you how easy it is to get it.

You should also ask the students from WBHS also for they go to these parties as well!!!!!!!

But like he/she said...the students from SOUTH BRUNSWICK HIGH are the ones that knows most about wat goes on at those DRUNKEN parties because THEY are the ones that are MOSTLY throwing them:)
the same people from the SOUTHPORT/BOLIVIA area..now take that one.

These cold blooded murderers are still on the loose. Meanwhile all of the police and DA are at a big rally for the DA, on paid county time? We've been HAD.

Excuse me. The DA did not allow his staff nor did he attend the rally. Besides, those who attended the party know exactly who killed this boy. But they won't talk. Put the blame where it belongs. It's a shame the young man is dead. But partying where there is booze and guns is not the smartest decision by anybody.

Amen......NOT only are kids talking and know what happened but PARENTS are have heard and choose NOT for there children to come forth because of reasons unknown!!!!! WHAT IF THAT WAS YOUR CHILD, SON, COUSIN, BROTHER, GRANDCHILD AND/OR FRIEND.......wouldn't you want answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLERASE DO WHAT'S RIGHT!!!!!

Very well said Elaine.

Gangs are the killer. Police chiefs are too hyped up on their helicopters, undercover pimped rides, computers and harassing little old ladies. We know the deal. Many would probably want to help, but why should other parents kids talk and get shot next weekend by the same people, when all the police do is show up and write up a report after they're dead? You have suspects to go visit. You know where they live. You have forensics tests. Other parents sacrificing their kids to testify is not your only option. Put the pressure on the ones who get paid to investigate. Not other peoples kids.

you are extremely ignorant in with your statement. why should witnesses come forward and tell the Police who killed that young man. yea that is a crazy idea. The cops can only do some much investigating without the help of the witnesses that were there. unless your ok with your KID being arounf a murder then you might should let them speak with the Police.. Easy to blame LEO but hard to blame yourself for not letting your child speak the truth...

The investigators were NOT there; the kids WERE. Why hold up investigators by not telling what you know? Maybe it will be your child next time. Then would you think it would be right to stay quiet? And if you want to blame someone, how about Jenkins renting out the building without checking anything about what was going on? This was bound to happen. Especially when parents turn their backs on what is right.

"Yeah, I know who killed him, but if I tell the police I might get hurt."

The entire community will continue to see their sons and daughters murdered until a few of you stop viewing the police as your enemy and DO THE RIGHT THING.

This "I can't get involved" mentality is disgustingly shameful. How do you even stand erect without a spine?

standing erect and falling with a bullet in your spine is no less shameful nor any less dead. putting your kid out there is not so heroic mr. commonsense. all we have been viewing of the police these days is them driving their pimped out cars and posting mug shots of grannies and tabloid teenage moms. if you don't get the trigger guy in a gang the rest get away and then your always looking over your shoulder.

It is really easy to call someone a coward for not coming forward when you can go home everyday without the fear of being jumped, robbed, or harrassed. There are people living in hard times in areas where snitches get stiches or worse. I worked in law enforcement for 14 years and while it was frustrating as an officer when people would not get involved, I sometimes understood why. Live the life some of these folks have to live and then come talk to me. I do not want to hear any crap about people choose where the live and the way they live it. There are good people who are strugling to make it. There are alot of teens who are raised in some rough enviroments. So get off your high horse and stop being so judgemental. You would not make it a day in some areas with the attitude you have. By the way, I am white and live in a decent neighborhood. The only difference between us is lack of compassion!!

Great excuses for not helping your community and not doing the right thing.

Let me put it very simple for all involved - either help out and do the right thing, or stop whining when your kids get gunned down for being on the wrong street or showing up at the wrong party.

Here is the botton line - they're dying anyway, Einstein, but they might have SOME chance if they start helping the police put criminals where they belong.

BTW, I don't particularly CARE what color you are. You're an enabler, beacuse no one HAS to live like that, and courage is the recipe to overcome fear.