Chicago anti-Violence Activist Shot Dead Just Steps Away From His Office

Associated Press, July 16, 2017

A Chicago community activist who worked to fight violence was shot dead less than a block from the offices of his not-for-profit organization, according to police and the man’s relatives.

William “Willie” Cooper, 58, was shot on Saturday afternoon near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community, on Chicago’s South Side. Cooper was the principal officer of the anti-violence group, which provides jobs for local teenagers.

Police said Cooper was walking when someone shot him from a dark-colored vehicle driving by.


No one was in custody as of Sunday afternoon and investigators had yet to identify any persons of interest.


Detectives were trying to determine whether Cooper was targeted or the victim of a random shooting, he added.


The incident was one of at least three fatal shootings over 18 hours between Saturday and Sunday in Chicago.



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