The family of stabbing victim Carlos Hawkins says they will not rest until they get the justice they are looking for. Hawkins father, Gary Borders, says he feels Nina Lyles should at least be charged with second-degree murder.
"Due to the location and the eyewitness and where he was found and the position he was found," Gary Borders says.
The family tells Newscenter 11 that Hawkins and Lyles were friends and that Hawkins was spending time at Lyles home late Friday night when things went terribly wrong. Family members say Hawkins was never a violent man and they can't understand why someone would be prompted to stab him to death. Now they are left trying to make sense of what has happened and trying to protect the two small children the victim leaves behind.
"There's just no way you can explain it," according to Taquita Hudson, the mother of Hawkins two children. "And my baby wakes up from the time it happened and still is asking for her father. There's no way you can explain it."
For now, the family says they are just trying to focus on getting through this week and laying their loved one to rest. Then, they say they plan to focus on the charge filed against the suspect. They tell Newscenter 11 they will do whatever it takes to get justice.
"The way his body was positioned, it was like he was trying to leave that girl's house that night," Carolynn Hawkins, the victim's mother says. "And she must have called his name or something, he turned around and she stabbed him."
"He was helpless and harmless and defenseless when he was stabbed," Borders adds. "That to me is murder and not manslaughter and I don't feel she should get out and she shouldn't."
Newscenter 11 contacted Meridian Police about the charge Nina Lyles is facing. Investigators say based on the evidence they have recovered so far, manslaughter is the appropriate charge in this case. Police say their investigation is ongoing.