It has been a little over a month and a half since the quadruple murder of Tammy Cooper and her three children. On Saturday, Mary Cooper shared memories of a woman who was not only her daughter but also someone she considered to be her best friend.
"Lord have mercy, I expected them home for Christmas, but I can't expect them," says Mary.
Mary Cooper is still in shock over the October 25th murder of her daughter Tammy Cooper and her three grandchildren, 11 year-old Mahogany Jasmine Allen and 9 year-old twins Kadiele and Kasheim Allen. Mary says her grandchildren were the light of her life.
"They were the sweetest children. They were beautiful, and they loved their granny," says Mary.
Mary remembers her last conversation with her daughter Tammy. She says Tammy was excited about decorating the family's apartment.
"She didn't tell me she was afraid of anything or anybody. She talked about her home and stuff. I guess the rest of my life it will take for me to get over this," says Mary.
Hours later, Tammy and her four children would be murdered. Autopsy results would later show the family died from blunt force trauma due to the use of a sharp instrument.
"Whoever you are that told them what my daughter was doing or showed them, you're going to die too because God's not going to let you keep doing this. God is not going to let this keep on happening," says Mary.
On Saturday, Mary and other family members began removing items from her daughter's apartment. Mary says it's a nightmare that will never end.
"I love my babies. He took four children away from me. I can't get over that. I never will get over that," says Mary.
The thing she misses most is the sound of the telephone ring and her daughter's voice at the other end. Now, she is waiting for a response from the person who committed this violent crime.
"Whoever you are, whoever knows what happened, please tell Sergeant Martinez. Please let him know who did this. That's the worst thing I've ever had to do in my life is bury four children. I don't think I'll ever get over that," says Mary.
If you have any information that could help in this investigation, you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous.