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Stephan begged her to end the relationship after hearing that Hawke used to "push his sister around."But Sharon told her brother that she was "just desperate to be loved" and stopped speaking to him shortly after.
"She continued her relationship with that monster," her devastated brother said.
She said that chatting to men online made her feel good about herself."She got frustrated by my disapproval, so I dropped the subject.
I just begged her to meet these dates in busy places."But Sharon began inviting strange men back to her house for dates and eventually met Hawke, who moved in immediately.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.
And Stephen, who is a father-of-seven, feared that men were taking advantage of his susceptible younger sister.
I called the police who told me the news, Sharon was dead."I knew immediately who had killed her.
We were eventually told Kevin Hawke had called the police after killing my sister, and had been charged with her murder."As we waited for the trial I planned Sharon's funeral.
And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …
successful, spiritually minded, intelligent, good sense of humor, enjoys dancing and travelling. In those first weeks, she exchanged messages and a few calls with men, and even met some for coffee or lunch.
Now Stephen is trying to raise awareness about domestic violence as well as letting women know the dangers of online dating."I hope by telling Sharon's story, people will be more weary about who they are chatting to online and make sure, if they do meet up, it's in a busy public place," he said.