SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 has learned a 14-year-old boy shot to death and found dumped in the middle of a Southaven street was a suspect in a home invasion.
Police say Christopher Cooper broke into a home last Wednesday morning with three adults, and the homeowner shot and killed Cooper.
Justin Williams and Joshua Fletcher are charged with burglary, home invasion, and capital murder in connection with Cooper’s death. Ashley Lutts is charged with conspiracy to commit a crime.
Local 24 News talked with a friend of the teenager who says this never should’ve happened. He says Christopher Cooper who went by the name “Luda” was simply hanging with the wrong crowd. Now there’s a make-shift memorial at the intersection where his body was found to remember the 14-year-old, friends say, had lots of potential but, died too young.
Robert Scott says he and Cooper were good buddies. They just hung out last week. Scott says Cooper didn’t go to school because he dropped out. Scott, who lives in Horn Lake, says Cooper lived in the Westwood area in Memphis.
Police say Cooper and three others broke into a home near the corner of Tuscany and Surrey off Highway 51 in Southaven on Wednesday morning before six. The homeowner shot and killed Cooper. The homeowner hasn’t been charged.
“He had so much potential. He was really smart. He was doing real good. I guess he was hanging around with the wrong crowd. He was definitely hanging out with the wrong crowd,” said Scott.
Scott says Cooper and one of the suspects, Joshua Fletcher, are half-Brothers.
The homeowner didn’t want to talk to reporters.