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Event raises funeral funds

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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.

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.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
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.
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LMS2005
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LMS2005 12/03/07 - 04:12 am
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Nothing mentioned about the

Nothing mentioned about the lady donating the burial plots!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/03/07 - 05:58 am
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Wow! Somebody donated burial

Wow! Somebody donated burial plots? Thanks for mentioning that. Bless her heart for doing such a wonderful and thoughtful thing. Very kind thing to do after such a tragedy. Maybe the lady didn't want her name mentioned? I don't know.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/03/07 - 08:23 am
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That's very nice, they do

That's very nice, they do deserve a proper ceremony.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 12/03/07 - 08:40 am
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it's nice to know that there

it's nice to know that there are people who actually care out there.

oldhampshire
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oldhampshire 12/03/07 - 08:55 am
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The above link from

The above link from "consumptionjunction.com should be removed immediately. I went to the link and it's on a porno site and the article is in very, very, bad taste!

What a Day
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What a Day 12/03/07 - 08:57 am
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I think this is really great.

I think this is really great. Wish I would have known about it. I do plan to donate as well. LMS2005, if you donated the burial plots, all you had to do was say so. I don't think people donated to this event for recognition. I believe they just wanted to help. May God continue to bless and be with this family through this horrific lost. They were such beautiful little babies. REST IN PEACE little angels.

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 12/03/07 - 09:18 am
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I'm so proud of Kenny at

I'm so proud of Kenny at Kenny's Master Cuts. He's such a good person!!!!!!!!

smellthecoffee2
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smellthecoffee2 12/03/07 - 09:36 am
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Folks, this is the result of

Folks, this is the result of the society we live in. Once each of us does our part in raising our kids in a morally strong society, this will be the result and continue to be the result. Some of us are not disciplining our children and as soon as we see the sign that they are becoming drug dealers, thieves, rapists and murderers, we turn them over to society and have nothing else to do with them.

These 2 precious creatures of God that have had their innocent lives stripped from them is just one outcome. Unless we take responsibility of our home, this will continue to be the sad, sad result. So, folks please stop acting soooo surprised. Until we go back to our value system and start taking care of house and home and, more importanly, respect life that was created by GOD, we will see a repeat of this unfortunate event.

3572
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3572 12/03/07 - 10:05 am
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There is a time and a place

There is a time and a place for everything and i dont think that this is the time for your comment. I mean these babies didnt ask to be bought here. You never know when you will be down.And regardless you can't pass judgement and say that this girl wasnt raise right.

t2007
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t2007 12/03/07 - 10:22 am
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Ditto 3572.....There are many

Ditto 3572.....There are many people that are raised right that do things outside of the norm. There was something else going on with this girl than her rearing...

hope12
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hope12 12/03/07 - 10:37 am
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I feel @ this time we need to

I feel @ this time we need to be praying for the family and this young lady.We can not judge anyone only God he has the last and finally word.I feel good that people want to help out we need more of that in this world.

adrian22
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adrian22 12/03/07 - 10:45 am
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So true 3572. And in response

So true 3572. And in response to the burial plots -the lady that donated them was on the news telling everyone what she did. I sent in a donation and will send some flowers but I am not going to be upset if I don't receive a thank you note/recognition. This isn't the time right now and if you are doing it for recognition, its not really from the heart.

mejustnutts
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mejustnutts 12/03/07 - 10:56 am
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I agree completely with you

I agree completely with you hope12. Something snapped in this young woman's mind that caused her to do this to her children. She probably isn't even aware of what she has done. This family, including the mother, needs our prayers. Kudos to all the people who donated their time and money and especially to the person who donated the burial plots.

Helpforours
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Helpforours 12/03/07 - 10:57 am
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Its sad to have something so

Its sad to have something so terrible have to happen before we reach out toward one another. However, the tragedy has happened and we need to learn from it. I've read many of the comments on the various posts regarding this story and am truly horrified at the coldness in the hearts of many residents of Augusta. May God have mercy on your souls. Kenny is a fine example of what the Lord expects from us. Thank you Kenny for showing love and compassion.

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charlesmanson 12/03/07 - 10:57 am
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any funeral home director out

any funeral home director out there with an IQ over 67 would step up and bury these children for free.this kind of incident does not happen every day.your funeral home would receive free publicity and new customers and the children would get the respect that they deserve.

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mzlawanda 12/03/07 - 11:11 am
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I'm like some of others, no

I'm like some of others, no one mentioned on the news or anywhere else that someone donated burial plots for the kids. It's sad that you only hear bad news on the news and not good like some donating plots to two innocent kids. I just want to say, to whomever that was, may God continue to bless your family. May everything you touch prosper and grow. May God bless and comfort the Hawes family and may God comfort Michelle Hawes when she realizes what she did.

Nanou1976
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Nanou1976 12/03/07 - 11:18 am
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I really do feel badly for

I really do feel badly for those two innocent children and can't get out of my mind, the three of them in a small bathroon and the Mom stabbing them, it was mentionned somewhere that if given the time she would also have killed herself, but when the police finally managed to get into the bathroom, the children were already dead, she had time if it was really her intention to harm herself, did she? no, my only satisfation is that for the rest of her life she will have the time to replay this horrific act, everyone talked about snapping, yes it can happen, but she had time to let her children goes to relatives before commiting the crime.

olelady
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olelady 12/03/07 - 11:48 am
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i don't think she just

i don't think she just snapped--i think maybe she knew what she was doing---why would she have a steak knife?

buttercup30830
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buttercup30830 12/03/07 - 12:08 pm
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god bless you kenny, and

god bless you kenny, and everyone involved in the going home services for these two lovely lives cut short. please pray for michelle and her family.

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september 5th 12/03/07 - 12:09 pm
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if a family member attends

if a family member attends and supports whole life ministries , that organization should have covered the burial expense! when monies are collected by barber shops and radio talk show host there is the potential for misappropriation!

Helpforours
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Helpforours 12/03/07 - 12:17 pm
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Would you have

Would you have "misappropriated" the funds december 3rd?

Helpforours
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Helpforours 12/03/07 - 12:19 pm
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I happen to know Kenny from

I happen to know Kenny from Kenny's MasterKutz and he's a good guy and wouldn't "misappropriate" funds. He just wanted to do something to help the family and bring the community a little closer. God put it on his heart to step up to the plate and he did.

jus readin
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jus readin 12/03/07 - 12:33 pm
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December 3rd sounds like you

December 3rd sounds like you can't be trusted with money. Everyone is not a thief - stop thinking (being) a "misappropriated" funds handler. Bless you!!!!

What a Day
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What a Day 12/03/07 - 01:19 pm
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December 3rd, everyone is not

December 3rd, everyone is not out for scandals. I know Kenny and his crew personally and I can reassure you that they are honest people and always willing to help. Check yourself before you wreck yourself! In other words, just because you are a criminal doesn't mean everyone else is. God bless.

Told ya
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Told ya 12/03/07 - 01:27 pm
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Come they told me, pa rum pum

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

Little Drummer Boy – lyrics

adrian22
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adrian22 12/03/07 - 02:44 pm
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Way to go Kenny

Way to go Kenny

trinty
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trinty 12/03/07 - 03:16 pm
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god bless you kenny i work at

god bless you kenny i work at this place where you and your staff accomadeted us and i know you are for real god bless you and all you have done you will be blessed . i dont wont to be known you know who we are, god bless you and your staff.

whatdidyousay
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whatdidyousay 12/03/07 - 04:02 pm
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Just in case anyone was

Just in case anyone was wondering what would be done with the rest of the monies donated, here is an excerpt from an article on Channel 12, "If there is any money left over after funeral expenses are paid, the family will donate it to the United Way with a request to fund children's and women's abuse programs. "

KEYKEY
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KEYKEY 12/03/07 - 05:24 pm
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i think that there has been a

i think that there has been a great turnout for the children and i would like to personaly like to say thank you for everything that the community has done it has been a great blessing for everything that has been done.

MR.Kojak
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MR.Kojak 12/03/07 - 06:04 pm
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Kenny is the MAN! I have

Kenny is the MAN! I have known Kenny for quite some time and he is truly a caring individual...........God will truly bless him for what he has done............

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