Anti-violence activist shot and killed near nonprofit’s offices

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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.

Police and relatives say 58-year-old William "Willie" Cooper was shot Saturday afternoon near the offices of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community.

He was the principal officer of the anti-violence group, 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 back and mouth by someone in a dark-colored vehicle driving by.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Sunday that no suspects are in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

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