LPD still looking for answers in Cooper family homicide

LPD still looking for answers in Cooper family homicide

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department is still searching for answers ten years after what they call one of the worst homicides in Lubbock.

On October 25, 2004, 45-year-old Tammie Cooper and her 9-year-old twin sons and 11-year old daughter were found beaten and stabbed to death in the Woodcrest Estacado Apartments, now known as Madison Park.

Cooper moved her children to Lubbock from Dallas. They had only been here six months when the tragedy struck.

She enrolled them in Alderson Academy elementary school, where they met Karla Mann, the school's counselor at the time. Mann said Cooper would come to her frequently for parental advice.

"I just got the sense that she was really trying to turn over a new leaf," she said, "and start fresh."

Mann remembers being at Alderson Academy the day the murders were discovered. She says students and faculty will never forget the family, and they will rest better if justice is served.

"It will never go away," she said. "The hurt, the pain the knowledge that our students and their mother were massacred, were tortured, and this shouldn't happen to anyone."

Police will give $20,000 to anyone with information that will lead to an arrest in this case, and Mann hopes someone will come forward.

"It is my prayer that this is solved," she said, "so there is some type of closure."

Police ask anyone with tips to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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