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Hawkes family issues statement in wake of daughter’s death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The family of retired Valencia County Magistrate Court Judge Danny Hawkes, issued a statement Friday, saying the death of their 19-year-old daughter, who was killed by police this week, was a “horrible loss” and that they were praying for the officer involved and his family.


Mary Hawkes was shot and killed by an Albuquerque Police officer early Monday during what police described as an auto theft followed by a foot chase.

The statement, sent to the Journal via email reads in its entirety as follows:


With deep sorrow we are writing this statement after learning of the tragic incident which occurred involving our daughter.

Despite all the issues she encountered in her short life, we as a family loved her and supported her and will deeply miss her. This horrible loss has saddened us to no end, a loss hard to explain, one that breaks our hearts. Precious family memories of Mary will help us through this time of grieving.

As the investigation into her untimely death continues, we respectfully ask everyone to let our family grieve without the public spotlight on what happened. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved, including the officer and his family. We thank you for honoring our request to keep this matter private.

In sorrow, Mary Alice and Danny Hawkes and family.

The shooting occurred just before 6 a.m., near the corner of Zuni and Wyoming SE, about three hours after police saw Hawkes driving the vehicle, which had been reported stolen earlier in the month. Police trailed her but lost her in traffic.

When the abandoned vehicle was located later, police found items left inside that led them to identify Hawkes and a prior address for her at a nearby trailer park. Officers set up a perimeter around the trailer park, and witnesses later said they saw Hawkes jump a wall and flee across the street, where the fatal foot chase subsequently unfolded.

Hawkes allegedly pointed a handgun at APD officer Jeremy Dear, who appears to have shot at the woman multiple times, based on bullet holes in a nearby wall.

Police Chief Gorden Eden said a .32 caliber semiautomatic gun manufactured by Davis Industries was found near Hawkes’ body. He has not said if the gun was loaded.

Under APD policy, officers must activate their lapel camera every time they interact with the public. Apparently, there is no lapel camera video from the confrontation with Hawkes. Eden has declined to say if Dear neglected to turn it on or if the camera malfunctioned. He did say that the camera was being sent to the manufacturer, TASER International Inc., for a forensic analysis.

Dear has been an Albuquerque Police office for about 6½ years.

Mary was 7 and her sister 6 when taken in and cared for by Danny Hawkes and his family. He later adopted the children.

Mary Hawkes had a number of run-ins with the law in recent years for such things as underage drinking, shoplifting, possession of glue or aerosol spray, and assault, threat or menacing conduct.

In 2011, she was charged as a juvenile with attempted criminal sexual contact of a child under 13, and was convicted of a lesser battery offense and sentenced to two years of probation, according to court records.



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