Man asks for justice after brother's shooter isn't charged - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man asks for justice after brother's shooter isn't charged

Joshua Cooper (Source: Facebook) Joshua Cooper (Source: Facebook)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Joshua Cooper's brother said he thinks there's more to the story than what he's being told happened Friday night. He said his little brother wasn't perfect, but was a young man with a bright future ahead of him.

Gregory Cooper said he and his youngest brother Joshua Cooper were best friends.

"He was like my little sidekick, Batman and Robin. He was the greatest little brother," Gregory Cooper said.

A straight "A" student who graduated early at age 17 from Hillcrest High School, Gregory said Joshua was starting to realize his potential.

"Here's something from Williamswood University for Josh, scholarship man," Gregory said.

That future was taken away from Joshua on Friday when he was shot and died on the street, less than a block away from Methodist Hospital.

"I cried so much my head hurt," Gregory said.

Police said Cooper met up with a man and woman at the Hillcrest Apartments to buy a gun. Police said they then got into a struggle over the gun and Cooper was shot. Those two people surrendered to police.

Police said the district attorney will not be pressing any charges at this time, and the case is an ongoing investigation.

Right now, it's not clear why Cooper was going to buy a gun.

"That's not my brother, and I feel like they just need to get to the bottom and find more answers instead of just letting it slide," Gregory told us.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators have seen a photograph circulating on social media that claims to show the moments leading up to the shooting.
We're choosing not to show the picture because police won't confirm if it's part of their ongoing investigation.

Gregory has a message for whoever pulled the trigger.

"Whoever did this, god have mercy on your soul," Gregory said. "I'm not the type to retaliate; I believe in being a man of peace."

Now all Gregory has to remember his brother are pictures.

Gregory said if anyone has any information on this case that will help, you can contact him directly. You can call him at (901) 590-0433.

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