CHICAGO — A community activist who worked towas fatally shot less than a block from the offices of his nonprofit, police said.
Police and relatives said 58-year-old William “Willie” Cooper was shot Saturday afternoon near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community.
He was the principal officer of the anti-violence group, which provides jobs to teenagers on Chicago’s South Side.
Cooper’s wife, Sherry Clark, told The Chicago Tribune that her late husband “did a lot for the community.”
Police said Cooper was walking near a liquor store when he was shot in the back and mouth by someone in a dark-colored vehicle driving by.
“People are so cold-hearted. How could you take somebody’s life? He helped everybody. I just don’t understand,” Patricia Carter, the victim’s niece, told WLS-TV.
A friend, Bamani Obadele, told the station, “Will is preventing violence. Trying to find jobs for ex-offenders, working in this community. I almost want to name him the mayor of 95th Street.”
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday that no suspects are in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
There have been 372 homicides in the city of Chicago this year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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