Family of Knoxville teen shot desperate to find his killer

Family of Knoxville teen shot desperate to find his killer

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"We just want justice. If you know who did this to my child, please come forward," pleaded Ethelyn Jackson. "We just want justice. If you know who did this to my child, please come forward," pleaded Ethelyn Jackson.
Hakeem Jackson (source: family) Hakeem Jackson (source: family)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The family of a teen shot and killed in a drive by shooting is making a desperate plea to find his killer.

Hakeem Jackson, 17, was shot and killed Friday evening on Woodbine Avenue, not far from where his family lives.

He told his grandmother he was leaving the house briefly with a friend in the neighborhood.

"He said Granny, can you give me some money? I'm going to the store," explained Belinda Jackson, his grandmother.

Belinda and Hakeem's mother, Ethelyn Jackson, are grief stricken. They say Hakeem was not the target in the shooting.  They say the irony is that the teen does not even live in Knoxville. He was here on a weekend visit. The family had sent him to a boarding school in Clarksville, just so he would not get mixed up with the rough crowd in his neighborhood.

Investigators say Jackson and his friend, Arthur Lawson, were walking on Woodbine, when someone in a grey sedan drove by firing a gun. Those shots eventually killed Jackson.

Investigators don't have a motive.

"It was not drugs, it was not gang-related. He did not get into a fight. It was nothing," explained Belinda Jackson.

"He was a quiet and bashful boy. He was a little bit of a prankster at times. He made you laugh. He was very helpful," described Hakeem's mother, Ethelyn.

They say he was a boy who did not deserve to die so young.

"We just want justice. If you know who did this to my child, please come forward," pleaded Ethelyn Jackson.

Police do have some good leads in the case, and say they also have witnesses.

The family hopes all that leads to an arrest soon.

Jackson's funeral is on March 13 at 6 p.m. at Wilder Baptist Church.

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