Musician, church deacon fatally shot in South Shore neighborhood

Two people were shot and killed early this morning in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

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.

Davis was known on the Chicago music scene as Eric “Guitar” Davis.  On most nights you’d find him on stage or practicing is Riverdale home or recording an album.

Davis may have written about being a trouble making man but his wife says that doesn’t come close to describing her 41-year-old husband and father to six children

His wife, Leslie Bell,  says Eric loved to joke around, play his music, loved his children and loved to travel.

Davis’s wife says he was excited to have recently signed to music label.

Cooper was a retired CTA worker and charter bus driver.  Neighbors and friends remember Cooper as a pillar of strength in the community.  He was a longtime deacon at St Philip Neri Catholic Church. Cooper ministered to those in need, in particular on wayward youths.

Police are not saying if the two killings are somehow connected to the same suspect or suspects.  Family of both men say they have no idea why anyone would target a church deacon and a blues man whose career was just taking off.

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