Event raises funeral funds

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Kimball Hill prepares to make a donation to the Shakayla and Jordon Hawes Memorial Fund at Kenny's MasterKutz barber shop on Lumpkin Road in Augusta on Sunday.

Well-wishers congregated at a south Augusta shopping plaza Sunday afternoon to offer their support - and their dollars - to the family of a woman accused of killing her two children.

In efforts to raise money for funeral expenses for two children stabbed to death Thursday , residents flocked to a community festival and cookout sponsored by Kenny's MasterKutz barbershop, a half-block from the convenience store where the tragedy occurred. Those efforts raised $8,134 over the weekend, said Helen Blocker-Adams, a local radio broadcaster who assisted with the event.

P roceeds from regular-priced haircuts were given to the family.

Employees at Island Seafood, a nearby business, donated their time while grilling seafood and chicken. Taris Brown of Universal Lawn Tech helped set up grills.

"People really came together. It really shows how folks unite in the face of tragedy ," he said.

Lois Pope, a longtime Hawes family friend, joined the family in wearing white T-shirts commemorating the lives of Jordon Hawes, 1, and his 3-year-old sister, Shakayla Hawes.

Both children were slain Thursday afternoon in a bathroom at the convenience store at the corner of Lumpkin and Richmond Hill roads.

Their mother, Jeannette Michelle Hawes, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

"We're pleased with the turnout and the show of support," Ms. Blocker-Adams said. The financial donations will assist with a funeral and burial expenses, she said. A fund has been established at Georgia Bank and Trust.

The funerals are scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road in Augusta.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.