A community has been left outraged after an anti-violence campaigner was shot dead outside his office.
Willie Cooper, 58, from Chicago was less than a block from his anti-violence organization on Saturday when someone inside a dark-colored vehicle shot him in the mouth and torso at about 4.15pm, ABC 7 reported.
Cooper’s body was slumped on the ground outside a liquor store when he was pronounced dead at 4.28pm.
Family and friends are reeling after losing Cooper, one of 30 victims shot in Chicago this weekend – 10 of those gunned down died.
‘People are cold-hearted, how could you take someone’s life? He helped everybody,’ family member, Patricia Carter, told ABC.
‘Since my dad passed away, he’s been a man at the house in making sure me and my mom were okay.’
A friend and community member, Bamani Obadele, reflected on how Cooper had contributed to the community.
‘Will is preventing violence,’ he told the local station. ‘Trying to find jobs for ex-offenders, working in this community. I almost want to name him the mayor of 95th Street.’
Among the 10 killed this weekend was a 10-year-old boy, Gustavo Garcia, who was shot in the back while in a moving car with a 31-year-old man at about 11.13pm.
The boy died in the hospital while the other victim is still in critical condition. Outside the hospital, the boy’s father wailed before entering the hospital.
‘My son is . . . ‘ he said, before pausing. ‘I don’t know.’
Police are yet to identify any suspects in both Cooper’s and Garcia’s cases.