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Tennessee mother speaks after teen charged in son’s death

Tennessee mother speaks after teen charged in son’s death

Raven Moore and Alan Selph

13 mins ago

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – A teenager died in a fatal shooting in South Memphis on Friday, police said.

On July 5 at 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of South 3rd Street.


A male victim was found and taken to Le Bonheur in critical condition. The 15-year-old male was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Memphis Police announced that a 17-year-old man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

NewsNattion partner WREG spoke with the victim’s mother, Marketha Cooper, who identified him as Victor Cooper.

“I can’t get him back,” Cooper said. “As far as I know, they went too far. This is like overkill. They shot him and ran him over. This is overkill for my baby. This is an angel.”

She described him as a scholar who excelled in academic matters and said he would not hurt a fly. His senseless death breaks her heart.

“I’m not the delusional mother. My son was not the one committing crimes in this city, I know that to God. He’s not committing crimes. He’s just hanging out. He wasn’t. I’m not delusional. He wasn’t. If you talk to him, the first thing you’ll hear from him is, ‘Yes, sir, no, sir,'” Cooper said.

Victor’s younger brothers Jarvis and Jordan are also devastated by the loss. They say they don’t admire celebrities or athletes like other children their age. Instead, they idolized their big brother, who was like a teacher to them.

“He’s the one who taught me how to play football and basketball, how to follow my dreams and how to do math,” Jordan said. “Math was my favorite subject because he showed me how to do it.”

A few years ago, Victor appeared on the Ellen show to honor his academic achievements. During the appearance, Ellen asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Victor said he wanted to be a teacher.

Other friends and family members knew him as “CB.”

“I heard he was a good kid. He did well in school,” said Tonio, a South Memphis resident. “It’s just the wrong timing. One day you can be here and the next day you can be gone. It’s sad.”

A local teenager named Khi says being a teenager today is a dangerous game. He says you can get caught up in violence without doing anything wrong.

“We could just walk around in our hoods and people would think we were up to something, mistake us for the wrong person and try to kill us,” he said. “When I’m just walking around with my friends, you really have to be aware of your surroundings.”