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Lynchburg authorities reopen investigation into 2017 homicide

There are new efforts to solve a 2017 homicide after new information came in this week.
There are new efforts to solve a 2017 homicide after new information came in this week.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Authorities said they are reopening an investigation into a homicide that happened in 2017 in Lynchburg.

Jermaine Shamont Hawkins, 34, was shot on Aug. 31, 2017 around 4:35 a.m. near the intersection of Rodes St. and Rivermont Ave, according to police. When officers arrived, they said they found Hawkins with several gunshot wounds and he was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.

Authorities said he later died in October 2017.

In a press conference on Thursday, authorities said that information from an investigation at James Crossing Apartments earlier this week led them to take a second look at the homicide. They did not specify what that information was.

Carrie Dungan, LPD spokesperson, said they’ve seen an increase in violent crimes throughout the city in recent months, with several incidents at James Crossing Apartments.

“This is our fourth homicide this year, the murder of Scottie Humbles; and the murder of these innocent individuals in our community is absolutely unconscionable. We can’t allow this to continue,” said Dungan.

They hope people will come forward.

“We know that people are seeing something, and we know that there are things that go on that can lead to these violent crimes. We want to work with our community to make sure that we don’t see stuff like this again,” said Dungan.

Below is coverage of this story from October 10, 2017:

Anyone with information on what happened is asked to contact Det. Davis at 434-455-6166 or enter a tip online at

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Samantha Smith joined WSLS 10’s award-winning digital team as a digital content producer in July 2018.