Murder of mother, children still unsolved after 10 years

Published: Oct. 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM CDT
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Tammie Cooper (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
Tammie Cooper (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
9-yearold twin boys Kandiece and Kasheem Allen and 11-year-old Mohogany Allen (Source: Lubbock...
9-yearold twin boys Kandiece and Kasheem Allen and 11-year-old Mohogany Allen (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Ten years ago this week, a mother and her three children were found dead in their Northeast Lubbock home.  On the grim anniversary, Lubbock Police are asking the public to help solve this cold case.

Tammie Cooper, her 11-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old twin boys were found beaten and stabbed to death back on October 25, 2004.  Their bodies were found inside of the Woodcrest Estacado Apartments, which are now called Mission Square Apartments.  At the time of the murders, Lubbock Police called the crime one of the most brutal homicides they had ever seen.

Over the years, and through the course of their investigation, police learned about a phone call Tammie and a friend were having the night before she was killed.  Police believe, during that phone call, a man named "Butch" came to the home and got into an argument with Tammie.  After that, the phone disconnected.

In an interview with Sgt. Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department during last year's anniversary, he said justice needs to be served.

"This person needs to be behind bars where they are not going to do this to any other people," Lewis said.

Lubbock Police say they have made multiple trips to Dallas over the past 10 years.  They say that is where Tammie and her children lived before they moved to Lubbock. They had only lived in Lubbock for 6 months when they were killed.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.  In the meantime, police say they will not give up. 

"This family deserves some sort of justice and closure.  We don't need people like that in our community running loose," Lewis said.

If you have any information on this case, please call crime line at 741-1000.

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