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Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation and TV One to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing, while TV One‘s newest show, “Find Our Missing,” hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, tells these stories in visual form.

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Jermal Hawkins missing

Jermal Hawkins

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1994
Missing Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Age Now: 19
Missing City: Chicago
Missing State: Illinois
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 245
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Unknown.

SEE ALSO: Family Of South Carolina Man Missing Three Years Believes He’s Still Alive

Circumstances of Disappearance: The last time Jermal Hawkins‘ family had any contact with him, he told them via text that he was headed to get a hair cut and go to the library in the vicinity of South Stony Island Avenue and East 87th Street.

Hawkins never made it to get his haircut and has been missing ever since.

The student at Olive Harvey College also hasn’t shown up for classes.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Jermal Hawkins, contact Chicago Police at (312) 747-8274 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential TIp Line.

SEE ALSO: Autistic Teen Who Wandered From NY School May Have Been Abducted, Family Believes

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