JIMMY COOPER Boone Murder Victim's Son Says Father Would Want Him To Forgive
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 1, 2012 9:22 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 2, 2012 8:37 AM EDT
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, Boone County
, West Virginia
The son of Boone County murder victim Jimmy Cooper is speaking out exclusively to Eyewitness News. He says he's doing what his father would want him to do now that he's gone.
"He wanted to show the world what he could do with his music," Johnnie Cooper.
He says his dad called himself "Clate The Great Unknown" and had a passion for music, driving him to chase his dream to Nashvillle
"Music was his world, I mean he moved us out of Michigan and to Tennessee and we were there quite sometime," explained Cooper.
Cooper was killed in his home in Peytona in Boone County last week. Deputies have arrested Maura Perry, 20, and charged her with his murder.
"I believe in the death penalty. I really do, I beleive this girl should be put to death for what she did to my father. It would be different if they were big partiers, but he hasn't done nothing wrong in my book," he said.
He says the shock of his father's murder is still fresh, but Cooper says his did would want him to find forgiveness.
"If he was here, he would say, 'son just forgive her, and let it be' and that's what he'd say."
Cooper was 72-years-old. He had three children, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.