Man charged with father-son murders

July 7, 2009 10:00:08 PM PDT
The Fayetteville Police Department said a man who was wanted for a double homicide turned himself in on Monday.According to police, 20-year-old Mario Jacquez Boykin called 911 from a pay phone at Cliffdale and 71st School Road around 7:40 p.m.

He told authorities he was ready to turn himself in. Officers went to the pay phone and arrested Boykin.

Click here to listen to the 911 call

He was wanted for the murders of 50-year-old Joe Hawkins and his son 26-year-old Alexis Hawkins. The Hawkins were found shot to death on June 24 in an apartment on Watauga Road.

Joe's daughter -who does not want to be identified because the case is ongoing- said Boykin's arrest is an answer to the family's prayers.

"Words can't explain to have to bury two loved ones at the same time," she said. "We do have peace because anger and bitterness will take you to your own grave."

She said both her father and brother were kind and always willing to help others.

She said no one has told them what happened the night her father and brother were killed or why.

Boykin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon.

"I never thought about forgiving him, because I never said I was angry with him, just angry with the situation, never had any hatred against them just angry about the situation."

He is also charged with five additional accounts related to drugs.

He is being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bond.

Joe Hawkins' daughter said she'll keep praying that everyone involved in the double murder comes forward and the truth is told.

Police are looking for a second person of interest, anyone with information is asked to call police or Crimestoppers.


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