Two people were shot and killed early this morning in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
In a hail of senseless gunfire, 74-year-old Willie Cooper was killed around 4:45 this morning. Arriving to pick up his best friend, Cooper was inexplicably ambushed by gunmen who opened fire on Cooper’s Chevy sedan.
30 minutes later, another shooting erupted just blocks away claiming the life of another motorist, 41-year-old Eric Davis. Davis who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and neck.
Neighbors and friends remember Cooper as a pillar of strength in the community. He was a longtime deacon at St Philip Neri Catholic Church. A retired Chicago Transit Authority driver Cooper ministered to those in need, in particular on wayward youths.
“He would proclaim the Word every Sunday,” Pastor Thomas Belanger said. “He would deliver words of optimism but also challenge. He liked to challenge the young men to extend themselves and go after their dreams.”
Chicago detectives are investigating the possibility that the attacks may have been the work of the same gunmen.