Advocate against violence falls victim to murder


The victim's family held a news conference at Community of Faith Church late Thursday afternoon. They were sending a message to those behind violent murders to be your brother's keeper, not your brother's killer.

It was behind the gates of the Palms on Rolling Creek where investigators say a couple of unknown gunmen shot and killed Starsky Cooper early Thursday morning. The man's grieving family calls his violent murder devastating.

His mother Patricia Cooper said, "My son, Starsky Alexander Cooper, first of all he was a man of God. He loved the Lord."

Fighting back tears, Cooper's mother and family gathered at Community of Faith Church with their pastor, pleading with the public for answers about the murder.

The 28-year-old victim's body was found on a walkway outside his home at a northwest Harris County apartment complex. Deputies say cooper had apparently been shot several times.

The man's family described Cooper as an advocate for non-violence who's penned a book titled "Why You Shouldn't Want to be a Gangsta in America."

Patricia Cooper said, "He wrote in the book, think before you react. He wrote about violence and the violence that is happening all across the world and how it needs to be stopped."

The family is devastated it was an act of violence that ultimately killed Cooper. Several witnesses told investigators they heard gunshots around 12:45am Thursday and saw two men wearing dark clothing running toward the back of the complex immediately after the shooting. Cooper's family is hoping someone can help detectives solve this murder case.

"Come forward and let others know, because we have to stop the violence," his mother said.

Cooper's family and detectives are urging anyone with information about this homicide to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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