I am so sorry for your great loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Thank you to everyone who has poured out fine words and comfort for us. Your caring and prayers mean a great deal to us.
-Gerald and Elizabeth Hawkins
my heart goes out to the family so sorry about your son.
Gerald - I was sorry to hear about the death of your son. Please accept my sympathies.
To Scott's parents, my hearfelt condolences on your loss. Scott sounded like a wonderful young man. I wish I'd had the opportunity to know him. With much sympathy,
I have read the moving tributes to Scott Hawkins and am moved by the loss of a young man who was so obviously loved and will be so missed. As a parent, I cannot imagine the profound grief you must be feeling. Please know that people all over the country are praying for you and your family. May God be with you.
Scott, you are a wonderful person and I am so very glad I knew you. I will forever treasure the memories . Thank you for being a part of the GSUMC family, you will never be forgotten!
My prayers and love are with the Hawkins family, who will always be part of my lovely GSUMC family <3
I went to high school at MVA with Scott and I always was intrigued by him. He and I were in Spanish class together and I always made it a point to sit next to him and try to ask him about his notebooks, trying to find out what he was interested in. I always though that he has a lot going on up in his mind and I'm sure he excelled in school and he would've surely excelled at teaching history.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Scott was my student when I taught 2nd grade at Sutter School. I will always remember him as a kind and happy boy with the sweetest smile.
My heart goes out to the Hawkins family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
I'm very sorry for you loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through but always remember the good times you shared with your son and that you will be reunited with your son one day
I am the African-American mother of a high-functioning six-year-old with autism and I just cried profusely when I heard about this story. If only people knew how hard our autistic children have to work to do what others take for granted and what an achievement your son was. The vast majority on the autism spectrum never make it to college so his success will be a role model for mothers like myself. Rest assured, you have an autism community across this country aware of your family now and let his life be a testament to what autistics can achieve and an inspriation to us all.
Some do more in a short period on this earth than some in an entire lifetime. What a blessing your son was and let his beautiful spirit guide you through your grief.
All my love and blessings this day and in the days ahead.
Dedicated to the Glory of God in loving memory of Scott,
God Bless this dear man.
Sympathies and condolences to the Hawkins family. What a tragic loss.
As a parent this hurts my heart.
My dear ones,
I cannot express how my heart aches for you. Scott was an amazing, bright, and funny guy. Although I have not seen you for a while, I will always remember his cute face and quick wit.
I love you,
To the parents of Scott,
I did not know Scott. I am deeply saddened by his death. May he rest in peace and may God comfort you. You're all in my prayers.
I only knew scott for a few years in middle school he was a great person and friend. I am very sad to hear about his tragic death.My heart, thoughts,and prayers go out to his parents and family in this time of loss. I can only imagine how hard it must be.But he looking down smiling on us.For me I will remember the good times Junior high pokemon and monster trucks R.I.P Scott.
Dear Hawkins Family,
I was deeply saddened to read about Scott's death in the Sacramento Bee and want to convey my heartfelt condolences to you. I did not know Scott (I am just an ordinary Sac resident), but was so touched by what I read about his life, his struggles, and his achievements that I was moved to pray for him and you at Mass this Sunday and will continue to do so. May Scott rest in peace for all eternity in our Heavenly Father's home and may you be sustained by wonderful memories of Scott and the knowledge that God entrusted and gifted you with his precious life. God bless you.
Jerry, Liz and Laura,
My heart breaks as I think of the pain you must be feeling. You have suffered one of the most terrible things that can happen to someone, the loss of a child. As pastor John has said at far too many memorial services, this goes against the order of things. As you grieve, please know that you are all in my prayers.
Dear Hawkins Family,
I would like to send my heart-felt condolences to all of you. I did not know Scott, but I am Laura's academic adviser at UCSC and she relayed this tragic news to me. Please let me know how I can help in any way.
My deepest sympathy,
To the parents of Scott Hawkins,
My deepest thoughts and condolences to your entire family. God only knows the pain and heartache that your family is going through at this time. I personally did not know Scott, but through reading his story and listening to the news, it was quite evident right away that this precious young man made a world of a difference to so many people. What a special, talented, smart and gifted young man Scott seemed to be.
May the Lord continue to comfort your family during this difficult time. I wanted to share a verse with you from the bible that is found in Psalm 30:5: "Weeping may endure for a night; but JOY comes in the morning." And what a joy that will be when Scott will be reunited with his loved ones and tragedies like this will never ever happen again! My hope is that this passage from the Bible offers your family a little bit of comfort in knowing that Scott is only asleep until our Saviours second coming.
Prayers,throughts and love are with you all especially Mr. &Mrs. Hawkins. God bless you!
Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins,
I don't know Scott but I truly believe that he is now in a better place where his kind heart and hard work will be greatly appreciated. It is truly everybodys lost. My prayers to you and your family.
Jerry and Liz,
There are no words for this terrible tragedy. I hope I can provide even some small measure of comfort to you in the coming days. We will be arriving Thursday. My love to you and Laura.
God needed another Angel. Thank You for loaning him to us for 23 years.
Love you Scotty. See you soon.
I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure your family was so proud of Scott and all he accomplished. My thoughts are with you.
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son. From everything we have read about this tragedy, your son, Scott, was a very special young man. We are the parents of a 20 year old young man who lives with Asperger's and bi-polar disorder. We admire your desire to help your son pursue his education. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
My condolences on the loss of your son. Scott sounds like he was such a wonderful young man. I am the mother of a boy with autism and am very touched by this tragedy. I am also inspired by the support you gave Scott to pursue his passion for studying history.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins,
I am so sorry for your loss. I went to Sutter with Scott and remember him as one of the nicest people I have ever met. He will be missed.
Scott was so very fortunate to have had parents who understood him, the part of him that was his disoder, and supported him throughout to pursue his dreams. As an educator and parent of children with hidden disabilities I, too, have very little words to describe the nightmare you are living as it could have been, and might still be, mine. I pray that you will eventually be able to find peace. Mom in Davis, CA
I was so heartbroken when I heard about the incident last week. We may never know why this terrible thing happened, but please know that there are people, like myself, who you have never met, that are praying for Scott and your family. Stay strong. We love you.
Gerry, Liz and Laura,
We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Our prayers are with you.
--Jon, Joanne, and Becky Hassinger, and Tammy Hassinger-Warta
My sincerest condolences to your family, as an Alumni & sister of a current student. Words could not explain or I could never imagine such a tragedy at CSUS. . . My prayers and heart goes to the family.
Scott was in my communications class last semester at West Valley College. We were in the same group so we got a chance to work together all semester. He was indeed a very bright young man, and always had something positive to say. Scott was so brave when he gave an uplifting speech to the class about his struggles with autism. All the kids in my class were really proud of him. My heart goes out to his family. I am very sorry for your loss. Scott was an amazing person.
I cried when i read your sons story i was truly touched by his life story and it gave me hope for my own autistic childs future and the things he could accomplish. I cant even imagine how truly sad you are. I have lost a fiance to a violent death but that is not even close to being the same thing. I know what it is to torture yourself imagining what they felt before they died. I am so sorry you are going through this.
What a wonderful and interesting young man. Prayers for Scott and his family. You are in our thoughts. May you find peace.
The Ammons, Parents of a son with Aspergers.
Scott was an amazing young man in one of my classes. He was light,kind and gentle. He added so much to our discussions, we all learned from him. I am so sorry this has happened. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.
My deepest condolences to you. I'm a professor at Sac State and I'm also a parent of a new college student. Faculty and students at Sac State are stunned by this and are grieving with you. I wish you comfort in the memories of your dear son.
As a mother of five, the youngest a child with challenges similar to your son's, when I came across the news of your precious son's violent death, I immediately thought that this could be my son in some unknown future. With tears streaming down my face as I read about your wonderful son, I wanted to but could not find the words to convey how terribly sorry I am for your unimaginable loss. I just want you to know that, although I'm a perfect stranger, I have been deeply touched by your son's tragic death, my heart breaks for you and I will keep your family in my prayers. May our heavenly Father give you His peace during this time and comfort your hearts during the long lonely days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.
I know what it is like to loose people that are closest to you. Nothing that anyone says ever makes it feel better, but what I can say is....I am sorry that in this life your family has had to go through such a horrific event.
Dear Gerald and Liz,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I wish I could share all my inner resources to bring you strength at this terrible time. I sincerely hope that, some day, somehow, you will be able to find peace as you struggle with this senseless tragedy.
I am so sorry for your loss. When I saw your picture and Scott's name in the Sacramento Bee, it was with great sorrow that I recognized our kind, ex-neighbors who have suffered such a cruel loss. Please accept our sympathy.
A few years ago you spoke out about your son, and about how trying yet amazing it is to be a parent (and teacher) of a child with Aspberger's. Having since welcomed multiple Aspberger's students into my mainstream classroom, I now understand the frusterations and joys you spoke about.
I was absolutely sickened to hear this news last night. Your news interview immediately reminded me of those stories about Scott that you had shared with us. I wanted to let you know how valuable your words have been to my ability to teach and better understand my students. Bless you and your wife for bravely taking the chance to send Scott away to college where other parents may have been too overprotective. These amazing, intelligent students deserve the opportunity to enroll in higher education. I hope hearing Scott's story does not frighten other parents of highly capable children away from college, but rather that his determination and courage to have the "normal" college experience inspires them.
My thoughts are with your family, and I am so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your family's loss. May your son rest in peace. He looks like he was an amazing, sweet young man.
I just read this story about Scott and I am so sorry that this happened. This world can be so cruel sometimes. I'm sure Scott touched so many people's lives and left lasting memories that he will live in their hearts forever. May love and strength be with you with every step!
i would just like to say that may his soul rest in peace and give strenght to all the family members.i know lost of a son or a brother @ this age.
from sn jose ,califonia,archana patel & family
I am so very sorry for your loss. Scott sounds like a wonderful young man, and you are obviously wonderful parents. I hope all your happy memories will carry you through this difficult time. Please know that you have the support of many people, even those of us who were never lucky enough to know Scott personally.
My deepest sympathies to Scott's family. I am a professor at Sacramento State, and I am sure that all of the faculty are as stunned and saddened by this tragedy as I am. Again, my deepest sympathies for the loss of your wonderful son.
I am so very sorry! Scott sounds like he was a wonderful young man who overcame many challenges as a result of his autism. That he should have been taken from you like this is beyond comprehension. I have a 14-year old son who also has high-functioning autism/Asperger's and I cannot imagine the grief you are feeling right now. This is just such a devastating loss, and I will keep your family in my prayers.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins,
Tears fill my eyes as I imagine what this must be like for you. I am the mother of an Asperger's son who will start college next fall, and your description of Scott sounds so very familiar. Like you, I know the effort and the joys that come with parenting an Asperger's child. I am so sorry for your loss.
My boys went to school with both Laura & Scott @ Sutter Elementary. I remember the unselfish hours spent voluteering at the school and being active, caring parents. I really like to send our heartfelt sorrow to the family.
Dear Family and Friends of Scott,
I just read this story on the internet and my heart is broken for you. This is truly a senseless tragedy that will hurt so many for so long. May God bring Scott into his loving arms, share his grace on all and give peace to those that are hurting.
My son just graduated from the East Coast with two graduate degrees from two major universities. We worry about our kids, but sending them to college should be the safest place of all. I am deeply saddened by your son's death. He sounds like a wonderful person, well on his way to a stellar education and future. What a tragic loss for society, too.
i am so sorry for ur loss,i don,t think i could handle lossing an child but my prayers go to u and ur husband may god give u the strenght to go on
Scott's Aunt Geni is a friend of mine and our whole community is shocked and deeply saddened for Scott's family and friends. My heart and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
Gerry and Liz,
I am so sorry for your loss. Scott was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
This hurts. My son is getting ready to head off to college. Rest in Peace young man.
May God grant you strength, courage and wisdom as you try to understand and survive this unimaginable passing of your son. Hold the love you have and continue to share. You are in my prayers.
Please know that Scott and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many who are heart sick over your loss. There is little that can be said about such a tragedy. Clearly Scott was much loved and was fortunate to have such a kind, loving and devoted family. We are so sorry.
I wish I had known Scott; he sounds like a wonderful young man. I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling. I hope your good memories of Scott survive to comfort you in the days ahead.
Gerry and Liz,
I'm overwhelmed. This is so awful. I imagine you can't believe it. I hope to see you soon and give you big hugs. Until then, a big virtual hug and know that your family is at the center of our thoughts and prayers.
Baruch Dayan Emet - Hebrew for "Blessed is the G-d of Truth". I'm so sorry and give you my condolences. "He has planted eternity within our soul granting us a share in His unending life."
Dear Gerry and family,
My deepest condolences to you and your loved ones during this incredibly difficult time with the senseless and tragic loss of your precious son, Scott. I will always remember our many talks after school in my classroom at Wilcox. We would often chat about our children as they prepared for their future and you spoke so proudly of Scott...... I am so saddened and I want to let you know that you are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
As my head hit the pillow last night, I could not get your precious son and your family out of my mind. I have a daughter at CSUS and although she did not know Scott, we all feel the loss of a young man who was taken far too soon. May God keep you and bless you during this time of loss.
I don't know Scott or his family, but I am so sorry to hear about his loss. May God Bless Scott and all who loved him. You are in my prayers.
In this moments of grief, is best to be closest the ones that love and care about you.I'm sorry for the loss, I didn't know Scott very much but I know how it is to lose a friend so young...my condolences to the family.
I was Laura's teacher at Santa Clara High School and she spoke often of her brother. I am so terribly sorry to hear of this tragedy. My sincere and heartfelt condolences.
I don't know Scott or his family, but this story affected me deeply. My deepest sympathy to Scott's family. May God watch over you and give you comfort at this very sad time.
As a parent with children moving into adulthood the murder of this young man has shaken me. I hope that someday, someday you'll find some peace. Hugs, hugs, LesliePH
My condolences go out to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
My warmest thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Gerry, we worked together in Wilcox a few years back and I know how much you cared for your son and how passionate you were.
May you and your family get through these difficult days with the light guiding you that Scott is shinning from above.
Scott was my nephew, and one of the kindest, gentlest people I've ever had the privilege to know. We are dealing with this as best as we can, but the shock has not really sunk in yet.
Please, treasure what you have while you have it. It can be taken away from you without warning. Talk to your loved ones today in Scott's memory, and tell them you love them. I think he'd like that.
I can't stop thinking and praying for you. I pray that God's peace and grace will be your strength and comfort. I was glad to know that Gregory knew the Lord.
Our Thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are shocked and saddedened by this senless tragedy. May God be with the family during this time of need.
Class of 2004
I read this story this morning and want to offer my sincere condolences - there was something about this story that really affected me although I am not connected in anyway to these people. The story in the Sacramento Bee portrayed a normal young man in an incredibly honest and thoughtful way - it is a tragic story and we will be thinking of you.
The Good Sam family and Walk to Emmaus community lift you in prayer.
Scott was a blessing to us, and we will grieve with you the loss - but celebrate his life.
Although I never knew Scott or the Hawkins family, I want to send my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My daughter is a student at Sac State and was in tears when she found out what happened. She did not know Scott, but the thought that a fellow student was not going to have the chance to experience the joy of adulthood really hit her. Bless your family and friends in this terrible time. This could have been any one of us losing a child and I can't imagine the pain.
Words cannot describe my sorrow and pain for our loss. Please know that I am thinking of you and I'm so glad mom can come and help... I love you all...
I will call as soon as I can.
May God's Peace and Love be poured upon you during this time. May He be your Comforter and place of refuge. God bless you and your family !
I am terribly sorry for your loss. It was such a terrible incident. My prayers go out to you.
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you in these the hardest of times. Your family is in our prayers.
My sympathy and prayers go out to Scott's family and friends.
I knew Scott at Mountain View Academy. I was a year behind him, but I took Spanish with him for two years. He was very friendly and a nice guy who always had something to say. I remember his love of history and his love of mission trips and helping others. I lost contact with him after he graduated from MVA.
I just graduated with a degree in history, so we would've had a lot to talk about, although I doubt I would be able to keep up with his sharp mind.
I'm very sorry to hear about this tragedy and my prayers go out to the Hawkins family. Scott would have been a great history teacher. God bless.
I am praying for you and your family. What a horrible ordeal to go through..
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran
There are no words I could say that would ease the pain you're probably feeling right now. I pray that God will wrap you in His ever-loving arms and comfort you. So that you may find peace in knowing that Scott is resting and one day, you will be united with him.
My deepest condolences go to you, the Hawkins Family. You're in my prayers. God bless.
PS: I was Scott's classmate from MVA. We graduated together in '04
I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for your family.
So deeply sorry for the loss of Scott Gregory Hawkins. I wish there were more words of comfort to offer about this unspeakable loss.
May you rest peacefully and May God grant comfort and strength to your family. We'll see yah soon buddy. Til then, rest up and relax.
This is my high functioning autistic son, who is obsessed (this week) with all things Halloween. I am so terribly sorry to hear about Scott's passing. For a kid with AS to do so well and be independent is a real triumph, and I am so sorry your boy was taken from you, especially during what is the proudest moment of any child with special needs life, the moment you feel they are going to be "okay." My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Hawkins family.
So very sorry for the loss. My prayers go out to the family.
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Scott Hawkins. God Bless you!
Sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.
My son is a student at Sac State. I can't even begin to imagine what your family is going through. So sorry.
My deep condolences to Scott's family and friends. You are in our prayers.
My heart goes out to you and your family.This has to be the hardest thing for you to deal with. As a parent it hurts my heart.
Our son is 16, has AS, and is obsessed with history. This very easily could have been him. My prayers are with you.
The news of your son's untimely death has made me very sad. I share your sorrow and am praying for him and for you in this time of pain and grief.
So sorry, what a loss for society. Take care.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
You don't know me or my family as I don't know yours. But after reading on the violent death of your son, I feel compelled to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I am a mother of two adult children who I have seen through many experiences, but they are still with me,,, I can only imagine the pain and anger that you are feeling... I pray that your spiritual beliefs, friends and other family members surround you with love and confort during this time..Many Blessings.
GOD bless the family and friends of Scott. May the many memories of him bring comfort to you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
There are no words that could help ease the pain that your family is feeling at this time. My deepest condolences are with you.
So sorry, my daughter goes to csus and I'm in disbelief. My prayers for your family.