‘He was an excellent kid’: Community in mourning after teen shot and killed in Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Many in Muskegon are in mourning after a 16-year-old was shot and killed just a block from his home Saturday night.

As police work to make arrests, loved ones are making sure Zamarian Cooper isn’t forgotten.

On Sunday, family and friends held a candlelight vigil at the spot where Zamarian was shot in the head.

By all accounts he was an amazing kid, with a bright future ahead of him but senseless violence cut his life short Saturday night.

"He didn’t do anything wrong he wasn’t a gang banger, he didn’t do drugs, he didn’t sell drugs, he was an excellent kid," Family friend Lamelle Childers, said.

"Listen this kid never had a beef, an argument, he never was a bully, none of that, he was very good kid," Childers, added.

Zamarian was a talented wrestler, did karate and played saxophone in his high school’s marching band.

Friends say he was the type of kid who would make any parent proud.

Zamarian’s death is bringing tears to people across the area and raising more questions about the shooting and growing gun violence as a whole.

"Who’s going to talk, who’s going to represent these kids, who’s going to set up a program to stop the violence in Muskegon," Childers, questioned.

Police are still investigating and looking for help in identifying any suspects.

The family is asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

If you have any information you are asked to call Silent Observer 231-722-7463.

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  • stop the madness

    I believe jealousy is a serious emotion that can trigger violence. A horrible nightmare for his sister, family, and community.

  • lml25

    We’ve heard this initial talk before,how law abiding the person was–doin’ nothing–until police start digging. The knee jerk description by the friends and families in murders involving blacks are 99.9% either lies about what he did or didn’t do to warrant this or total lack of knowledge of his activities. I lean toward the former.
    The same rules apply in Muskegon,Grand Rapids,Chicago or Baltimore–if you’re out in the middle of the night nowadays,something violent will probably happen to you–you shouldn’t be out. This incident sounds like an execution and most executions are for a gang related reason. That’s just the real truth. The other real truth is,someone else will likely be shot now–another truth of 2019.

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