Detectives seeking fresh leads have released new details about a July shooting in the Far South Side Princeton Park neighborhood that killed 58-year-old William Everett Cooper II.
On Friday night, Chicago Police released a photo of a black, four-door Audi with tinted windows that was used in the killing of Cooper.
Cooper, known as “Willie,” was outside about 4:15 p.m. July 15 when two people got out of the Audi in the 100 block of West 95th Street near “Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community,” a nonprofit organization Cooper ran, authorities said.
They fired shots with an AR-15 assault rifle, got back into the car, and drove away south on LaSalle Street, police said.
Cooper, who lived in the Fernwood neighborhood, was shot in his mouth and torso, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Known as the Mayor of 95th Street, Cooper founded Lilydale to help teens find jobs and help ex-offenders return to society. He also worked with the Cure Violence group.
“Willie was one of my first violence interrupters. He helped mediate over 50 conflicts that could have turned deadly while he worked with me. Everybody loved him and respected his office,” Tio Hardiman, former director of Ceasefire Illinois, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
No one was in custody. Area South detectives asked anyone with information to call (312) 747-8271.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire and Homicide Watch Chicago