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Answers sought in JTA bus driver's death

Kenneth Hawkins found dead in driveway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The community is searching for answers after a JTA bus driver was found dead in his driveway. The crime-fighting group MAD DADS hosted a walk in his neighborhood to encourage people to come forward with information.

Weekend after weekend, MAD DADS is seen all over town working to get information about unsolved crimes. Saturday, the focus was on Kenneth Hawkins. Family and friends said they aren’t giving up hope and they will find justice.

The mission is simple: Put an end to the violence.

While they stride effortlessly through the streets, their message is strong.

"So many families are hurting, but the only way we are going to change this nonsense is really turning to God and praying, but more than that, respect each other,” Councilman Reggie Gaffney said.

Kenneth Hawkins, a 61-year-old JTA bus driver, was found lying in his driveway by a postal worker more than two weeks ago. He was mowing his lawn moments before he was killed.

"I knew that he was a strong family man, loved his family, loved his job (at) JTA, ya know?" Gaffney said. "Three years ago when me and him last talked and I saw him walking at JTA, I never thought that would be the last time I would talk to him."

Police have few leads to who took Hawkins life, but community members, friends and family are hoping their efforts will keep his story alive and lead to answers.

"I won't stop walking until this nonsense stops, and that's what I want the community to know," Gaffney said.
Police said they don’t have any information on suspects at this point.

Anyone with information on the incident can call CrimeStoppers or the Sheriff's Office.