Bundy Victim Georgann Hawkins Remembered At Memorial
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ More than 14 years after she died, 175 friends got together to celebrate the life of Georgann Hawkins, who was murdered after she took pity on a young man on crutches and helped him carry a briefcase.
The date was June 11, 1974, and the man was serial killer Ted Bundy.
But Bundy’s name was never mentioned at Saturday’s memorial at Lakes High School, from which Miss Hawkins graduated in 1973.
″I knew the little lady, and it hurts me to talk about it,″ said Bob Peterson, a former Lakes teacher, who choked back tears as he addressed the crowd.
Just days before he was executed Jan. 24 in Florida for killing a 12-year- old girl there, Bundy confessed to using the crutches ruse to kidnap and kill Miss Hawkins, who vanished from outside her University of Washington sorority house.
Although her body was never found, police long suspected Bundy as the killer. Before he died, Bundy confessed to killing 11 women and girls in Washington, plus a dozen more in other states.
Efforts to organize the memorial began shortly after the confession was made. ″This is our first chance to have a formal chance to say goodby to her,″ said a former classmate, Rich Duvall.
Miss Hawkins’ friends also have established a Georgann Hawkins Memorial Fund to pay for a tree and plaque in her honor outside the high school.
Linda Hearon, a sixth-grader when Miss Hawkins attended Lakes, told how she often timed her bus rides to coincide with Miss Hawkins’ arrival at school.
″She was very much someone I looked up to,″ said Ms. Hearon. ″She was kind, beautiful and had a soft spot for children who liked to look up to the big kids. I wanted to grow up to be just like Georgann.″
Ann Jordan, a teacher who advised the cheerleading staff in 1972-73, said, ″I’ve had a feeling of unrest these many years. Today we can all be at rest, because she is.″