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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Army Reservist survived in Afghanistan, killed in Chicago

Man shot, killed months after returning from Afghanistan
by Sean Lewis
Anchor/Reporter

Along the snow covered section of Evergreen Street in East Chicago, gunfire took the life of 25-year-old Willie Cook.

His uncle described his nephew calling him a “great guy.” Cook served in the Army Reserves, returning in September from a tour in Afghanistan and worked as a forklift operator at the ford plant not far from home.

Stephen Parker, Willie’s uncle said he was a “Well-rounded, hardworking guy. He worked. He didn’t’ deserve it.”

An empty parking spot marks where Willie had just pulled up in his car Saturday afternoon outside his grandmother’s home, his 3 year old son Antwan sat in the backseat when someone opened fire.
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