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Beloved Chicago community activist William “Willie” Cooper shot dead

July 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Beloved Chicago community activist William “Willie” Cooper shot dead

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Gunmen shot killed and killed William “Willie” Cooper a well-known and widely respected community activist in Chicago who fought to combat violence,  less than a block away from his non-profit office over the weekend.

Cooper, 58, was fatally shot on Saturday near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community on the city’s South Side. Cooper was the principal officer of the anti-violence organization, which worked to give jobs to local teens.

Authorities said Cooper was walking when someone drove by in a vehicle and opened fire. Cooper sustained wounds to his torso and mouth. Roughly 20 shell casings were discovered near his body, his wife, Sherry Clark, told ABC7.

“People are cold-hearted. How could you take somebody’s life? He helped everybody. I don’t understand,” Cooper’s niece, Patricia Carter, said in an interview with WLS.

William "Willie" Cooper

William “Willie” Cooper CBS CHICAGO

No arrests have been made as of Sunday and detectives have yet to identify any persons of interest, according to Chicago police spokesperson. He said police are trying to ascertain whether Cooper was targeted or was the victim of random violence.

“It’s too early at this point,” Guglielmi stated, adding that police are trying to track down any surveillance footage that may have recorded the shooting.

Family members arriving at the scene of the shooting were in tears. They gathered with other relatives in front of the offices where William “Willie” Cooper had worked.

“He did a lot for the community,” his wife said.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the disturbance was among at least three deadly shootings over 18 hours this weekend in Chicago.

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