Hundreds of mourners, including Slim Thug, paid respect to late rapper Big Hawk during a memorial service in Houston’s Mabry Memorial Mortuary last night (May 8).
During the two-hour service, ministers spoke out against black on black violence while local rappers struggled to grasp Hawk’s loss.
“It’s a terrible loss to the whole Hip-Hop community of Houston,” Slim Thug told the Houston Chronicle.
Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) was shot and killed on May 1 when he was heading to a friend’s house to play dominos. Hours later, police revealed that they had no motives or suspects in the killing. Police believes Hawk was shot by more than one person.
At the service, Houston activist Quenelle X offered that Houston was living an “absolute nightmare.” “We must stop the killing and we must stop the killing first that’s in our minds,” X told the Chronicle. “Never before did we kill each other the way we do so today.”
Hawk was part of Houston’s legendary Screwed Up Click. Spearheaded by DJ Screw, the Screwed Up Click helped popularize screw music, a movement that slow down the pitch of original recordings; producing a slow-motion effect on the music.
Word is Hawk had left the thug life behind and married a school teacher three weeks prior to being killed. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
“This man was more than a rapper, he was a family man. This man was more than a rapper, he was a man who loved his children,” shared the Rev. James Dixon, pastor of Community of Faith Church.
The Houston Police currently have no new leads on the rapper’s killers.