Knoxville police hope for new leads in 2013 shooting of teen

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – More than three years after the death of a 17-year-old in a drive-by-shooting, Hakeem Jackson’s family is still searching for answers.

Belinda Jackson, Hakeem Jackson’s grandmother, said her grandson and his friend Arthur Lawson were walking down Woodbine Avenue to go to the store on March 8, 2013. Knoxville Police Department detectives said someone in a gray Sedan drove by, firing shots that hit Hakeem Jackson and killed him.

Investigators said they do not have a motive, no arrests were made and there are no suspects in the shooting. Friday, Knoxville Police Department Officers recanvassed the area where the shooting happened with hopes of uncovering new information.

Hakeem Jackson’s family said he was a good kid who stayed out of trouble.

“The police say it was no drugs, it was no gang… he didn’t get into a fight,” said Belinda Jackson. “They said it was not drug-related or nothing.”

Family said Hakeem Jackson was a good kid who did not deserve to die so young. They said they want justice.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call investigator Chas Terry at (865) 215-7325.

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