Bartow County

Hawk family will pray for ‘redemption’ of man accused of killing 3 in Grantville gun store robbery

GRANTVILLE, Ga. — The city of Grantville is reacting to the murders of Tommy, Evelyn and Luke Hawk. Police said Jacob Muse is accused of murdering all three members of the Hawk family at the Lock, Stock gun range.

Mark Bynum said news of the arrest of Jacob Muse is good news for the city of Grantville, “The citizens of Grantville are glad and the surrounding areas. We’re glad he finally got caught. You got to thank Chief Whitlock and other agencies that actually came through,” Mark Bynum said.

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Saturday night, a small memorial for the Hawk family continues to grow, outside the gun range. “Grantville is a small town. Those people have been out here for years and when something like this happens, it’s normally close knit,” Bynum said.

Bryan Smith said he’s also glad that Muse is behind bars, but believes there might be other arrests coming, “It was a shock to everyone in the community, just because of how violent the crime was and out of nowhere. It seems like with the extremity of the crime that they’re probably not done yet. However how many people involved, we just want everyone to be found,” Bryan Smith said.

The Hawk Family Statement, April 16, 2022: Reaction to Suspect in Custody

We are encouraged and honored by the incredible efforts of our local law enforcement including the Grantville Police and Coweta County Sheriff’s department, as well as the ATF and GBI. We understand from Chief Steve Whitlock that the current development with the murder suspect in custody, was certainly a team effort. We are continuing to pray for their teams during this stressful time, and we will continue to pray for the redemption of the perpetrator.

Thank you again, to the City of Grantville and the community at large for such an outpouring of love and support. It is so meaningful that so many in our community cherished them as we did and have helped to shine a light in the darkness.

Tommy, Evelyn and Luke Hawk have been laid to rest but, we will certainly see them again.


Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins spoke over the phone with Richard Hawk on Tuesday. Richard is the Coweta County coroner and first person on scene where he discovered the bodies of his parents and son.

Faith has been the common denominator family members are relying on and while hurting, they have continued to lean on their relationship with the Lord.

“We are grieving, we are hurt, but God’s grace is sufficient. God is in control of this whole matter,” Richard Hawk said. “I have hope. I know I will see all three of my loved ones again -- My dad, my mom and my son. They are in heaven,” he said.

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Muse’s arrest came one day after family members laid the three victims to rest.