Chicago community activist killed in weekend shooting

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CHICAGO – Chicago police say a community activist who worked to fight violence was fatally shot less than a block from the offices of his nonprofit group.

Police and relatives say 58-year-old William “Willie” Cooper was shot dead Saturday afternoon near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community. He was the principal officer of the nonprofit, which provides jobs to teenagers on Chicago’s South Side.

Cooper’s wife, Sherry Clark, tells the Chicago Tribune ( ) that her late husband “did a lot for the community.”

Police say Cooper was walking near a liquor store when he was shot in the mouth and back by someone in a dark-colored vehicle driving by.

He was one of at least three people fatally shot through Sunday morning during the weekend in Chicago.