Family and friends celebrate the lives of mother and infant son killed last month

Family and friends celebrate the lives of mother and infant son killed last month
A family friend confirms Heather Cook, 32, and her 4-month-old son, Bentley Cook, were found dead after a house fire Sept. 13, 2019 in southeast Shelby County. Their deaths are being investigated as homicides. (Source: Heather Cook family friend)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Family and friends said goodbye to Heather and Bentley Cook Wednesday.

The 32-year-old mother and her 5-month-old son were remembered at a funeral in Hernando.

Last month, Heather and Bentley were found dead after a house fire. Investigators later determined they were stabbed to death and the fire was an attempt to cover up the murders.

Bentley’s father, Enoch Zarceno-Turner, was arrested soon after on two counts of murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated arson.

Zarceno-Turner remains in jail without bond.

Despite the horrific tragedy, family members chose to remember happier times with Heather and Bentley.

“Let’s remember all the times Heather laughed so hard that she was crying, or when she put so much cheese on her food that everyone really wasn’t sure if she had anything underneath it," said Heather’s sister Kassye Howell.

Heather and Bentley Cook laid to rest

Although Bentley only lived a few short months, he was already such a big part of the Cook family.

“Bentley was just full of joy," said Heather’s stepmom Colleen Cook. “His smile could light up a room and just melt your heart.”

Heather graduated from Remington College as a pharmaceutical technician and later graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance.

She loved family and friends but also had a special place in her heart for animals.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked contributions be made to Memphis Animal Services.

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“I think if Heather could have taken every pet in she would have and it was important to her that animals are loved and cared for," Colleen Cook said.

And because their lives were taken, Heather’s family wants everyone to live life with Heather and Bentley in mind.

“Just remember to be kind. Love one another and be happy.”

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