Justice Served: BPD Homicide Detectives Crack 2004 Homicide Case Charging Two with the Murder of Thomas Hawkins: Almost twelve years ago, at about 1:00am, on Thursday, August 12, 2004, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Theodore Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, later identified as 38-year-old Thomas E. Hawkins of Dorchester, was transported to Boston Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Over the years, Boston Police Homicide Detectives never gave up on the case in their ongoing efforts to secure justice for the family of Thomas Hawkins. Leads were pursued. Witnesses interviewed. New evidence scrutinized. Old evidence re-examined. The work continued and, today, the hard work and long hours paid off as Boston Police Homicide Detectives announced the arrest of two individuals wanted in connection to the 2004 murder of Thomas Hawkins. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, detectives secured arrest warrants for 36-year-old Kevin Graham and 32-year-old Ellis Golden. Graham, already incarcerated on another matter, and Golden, who was located by the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit, will both be charged with Murder and are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Friday, May 27, 2016.
Said Police Commissioner William Evans: “A case like this underscores the fact that in Boston the fight for justice never ends. No case is ever overlooked and, certainly, no victim is ever forgotten. To the family of Thomas Hawkins, it is my sincere hope that the news of today’s arrests brings with it some small measure of comfort and closure. No doubt, this day has been a long one in coming and, hopefully, it delivers a significant level of solace. As for my detectives, I can’t say enough good things about their resolve or the dogged determination that led to this case being solved. I’m proud of them, their work and the fact that in Boston, the search for justice, regardless of how long it takes, never ends until those responsible are brought to justice and held accountable for their cowardly acts.”