LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Police hope an increased reward will lead to an arrest in the 2004 murder of a Lubbock woman and her three children.
Tammie Cooper, her 11 year old daughter Mahogany Jasmine Allen, and her 9 year old twin boys Kadiece and Kasheem Allen moved to Lubbock from Dallas just six months before they were murdered.
It happened on October 24th, 2004, a gruesome crime scene that lead detective Rey Martinez remembers vividly.
"Walking into a crime scene and seeing this many children, and a whole family massacred inside an apartment, I think that's what makes this case so different," said Martinez.
All four beaten and stabbed to death, a crime the family could not believe happened.
"I don't know how they could do this, they took my mom away, they took my brothers and sister, and now I don't have anything," Cooper's daughter Waltrenea Cooper told NewsChannel 11 in October of 2004.
On that October night, Cooper was on the phone with a friend. A friend Lubbock Police say is the key witness in this case. The friend tells detectives while on the phone with Cooper, she let a man into her home, acted like she knew him, and called him "Butch".
"The detectives need to find out who this visitor was," said Captain Greg Stevens.
The friend says she heard them get into an argument before Cooper hung up the phone.
"Just because somebody might have information that doesn't particularly pertain to somebody with the nickname Butch or an actual name of Butch, we still want that information to be called in," said Stevens.
"In that same conversation there was some dialogue there that indicated there was a possibility that the visitor that was there that night might be from the Dallas area," said Martinez.
Police urge those with any information to call, it's been more than five years too long.
"Whoever it this, if they want to have a clear conscience they just need to come forward," Cooper's daughter Waltrenea Cooper told NewsChannel 11 in October of 2004.
Police are looking for a black male with a deep voice, and possibly goes by the name of "Butch".
He may be in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex. If you have any information call CrimeLine at 741-1000.
CrimeLine has upped their reward to $10,000 and Gandy's Dairy is also offering a $10,000 reward, so $20,000 is available to anyone who has information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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