Crime of the Week #30

October 9, 2020


A caller to 911 operators reported a woman lying on a city street at 3 a.m. October 1, 2020. The call quickly was referred to the Memphis Police Department’s Mt. Moriah station. Police responded to 3896 Lamar Avenue, outside a motel property near New Getwell Road.

Arriving officers found a woman later identified as Tammy Hawthorne in the roadway and suffering from injuries. She was unresponsive. Memphis Fire Department paramedics who also arrived pronounced her dead on the scene.

The victim had been shot. After she was shot Hawthorne ran across Lamar screaming for help and then collapsed. A suspect was seen in a small silver four-door sedan.

Anyone with information on this murder — even the smallest detail — is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).