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Police seek public's help in solving South Shore homicides

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Surveillance photos of two men suspected in two homicides last year | photo from Chicago police Surveillance photos of two men suspected in two homicides last year | photo from Chicago police
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police are seeking information about the killings of two men shot to death just blocks apart on the Southeast Side last December.

The fatal shootings happened about half an hour and three blocks apart in the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2013, police said at the time.

Both Eric Davis and Willie Cooper were sitting in parked vehicles when they were shot during attempted armed robberies, according to a community alert issued Thursday by Grand Central District police.

“Willie Cooper was a deacon of his church and a great person who would help anyone,” George McDade, chairman of the Cook County Crime Stoppers, said in a statement. “Eric Davis is from a family of jazz musicians and had a promising career.”

“Both men were pillars in their community and involved in careers and helping others. Now they both share a violent death from gun violence as victims of possible robbery,” McDade said.

Cooper, 74, was waiting to give a friend a ride to work when two suspects shot him at 4:44 a.m. in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue, authorities said.

Davis, 41, was sitting in his vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue about 5:20 a.m. when two people shot him, police said.

Both Davis, of the 14200 block of South Eggleston Avenue in Riverdale; and Cooper, of the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue, were dead at the scene, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Police said previously they believe the same offenders may be involved in both shootings.

Crime Stoppers will be distributing flyers Saturday in the area of the murders at 70th Street and South East End Avenue, McDade said.

“Crime Stoppers joins the victims’ families and Chicago Police this Saturday looking for information from the community that will lead to the identification and arrest of the offenders” he said in the statement.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in either case.

Anyone with information should call (800) 535-7867; callers can remain anonymous.

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