GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A grieving Galveston County
mother believes her son was at the wrong place at the wrong time when he was
shot and killed over the weekend.
Denim Cooper's mother, Shana Thomas, is trying to understand
how her 15-year-old will never come back home.
"I have to make plans to bury my child," Thomas
said. "Those aren't no plans I'm looking forward to doing. I wasn't
looking forward to burying my child."
Galveston police said that on Sunday, at about 1:45 a.m., a
shooting took place near 29th Street in the 2900 block of Avenue M 1/2. When
officers arrived, Cooper was found dead. So far, the only suspect information
police have is that they took off in a four-door sedan.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Police investigating fatal shooting of
15-year-old in Galveston early Sunday
Thomas isn't sure why her son was there. Despite his death,
Thomas had a message for the suspect.
"I forgive you. Yeah, I'm hurt. Because my son is gone,
and he is taken away from me, but turn yourself in," Thomas said.
"You know what you've done."
Thomas said her son had two older brothers and may have been
the youngest, but he wasn't a pushover.
Cooper played football in Texas City ISD.
Thomas said Cooper was known as a "beast" on the
"He wanted to become a professional football
player," Thomas explained.
The district sent ABC13 the following statement:
"Texas City ISD is deeply saddened to learn that one of
our students died tragically over the weekend. Our hearts and thoughts are with
his family, friends and teachers. Unexpected deaths like this impact children
in different ways. Counselors are available to help our school community deal
with this loss. Over the next few days especially, parents should encourage
their children to express their feelings and listen attentively. We can provide
extra assistance to those who may need additional grief support."
In a time of need, family and friends are trying to make
sense of it.
"I love you, and I know you're living better than
me," Thomas said. "You're living way better than me. I hope I can
make it to where you are one day."
If you have any information about the shooting, you are
asked to call Galveston police at (409) 765-3779 or Crime Stoppers at (409)