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7/17/2017 12:41:00 PM
Chicago community activist killed in weekend shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a community activist who worked to fight violence was fatally shot less than a block from the offices of his nonprofit group.

Police and relatives say 58-year-old William “Willie” Cooper was shot dead Saturday afternoon near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community. He was the principal officer of the nonprofit, which provides jobs to teenagers on Chicago’s South Side.

Cooper’s wife, Sherry Clark, tells the Chicago Tribune that her late husband “did a lot for the community.”

Police say Cooper was walking near a liquor store when he was shot in the mouth and back by someone in a dark-colored vehicle driving by.

He was one of at least three people fatally shot through Sunday morning during the weekend in Chicago.


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