'He didn't deserve this': Mother of murdered Gray man desperate for answers

Marquise Hardwick/ Sherry Greene

MACON, Ga. -- Sherry Greene, the mother of the 24-year-old man murdered in Gray Monday morning, wants the violence to stop before anyone else gets hurt.

She said that the pain she's felt since Monday morning is something she'd never wish on any parent. Her son, Marquise Hardwick, was shot and killed Northside Villas Apartments around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 13.

"He was my son first and foremost," Greene said. "He didn't deserve this. He had his whole life ahead of him."

She said she'll miss the little interactions between her and her son the most, like them playfully picking on one another and his favorite question to ask her: "Ma, what did you cook?"

"It doesn't matter who was around, he'd always make you smile," Greene said. "He's going to make you laugh."

Greene said her family is still trying to grasp their new reality. She still expects him to pull up into the yard with the music blaring.

"I don't think it's really hit us yet that he's gone, but we're just taking it minute by minute," she said. "One minute you're alright and the next minute you're falling out."

Her pain is deep, but she doesn't want anyone else to take matters into their own hands.

"The police already have enough going on without trying to handle another murder. I know everybody loved Marquise, but don't try to take it in your hands. Let the police handle it."

The Gray Police Department is looking for two people in connection to the murder. There is a $7,000 reward for information in the investigation.

"That's basically all I pray for, that they do find who did this, and nobody else gets hurt within this," Greene said.

She hopes the reward encourages anyone with information to come forward.

"Whether you think it's nothing, it could be something," Greene said. "And I would just beg and plead from a mother to the community or whoever is watching: help the police out. Don't be scared to go and speak out because senseless acts like this need to stop. Too many of our young people are dying of stupid stuff and it puts the family in so much pain."

Hardwick was a father of two, a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. Greene said she's disappointed they won't get to know their father as they get older.

Those with information about Hardwick's death should contact the Gray Police Dept. at 478-986-5554, the Jones County Sheriff's Office at 478-986-3489 or CrimeStoppers 478-742-2330.

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