Grieving fathers call for change after their sons are murdered in Southeast

WASHINGTON --  Grieving fathers in Southeast are calling for change as they plan their sons funerals.


“Why should a child be buried before their parents?” questioned Tony Cook, who’s 35-year-old son, Joe Cook, was murdered just 24 hours prior to him talking with DCW50.


“I wasn’t prepared for me to be burying my son, no way in all creation was I preparing to bury my son,” Cook continued.


Cook’s son was shot and killed in broad daylight, in Ward 8, Tuesday.


“A nightmare? No, this is not a nightmare.  This is worse than a nightmare, I can’t ever wake up from this,” explained Kevin Jackson, who is burying his 17-year-old son on Friday.


Jackson’s son was murdered one afternoon in Anacostia.


“I find it ironic, I’m back in front of a camera with a childhood friend that lost his son a few days after I lost my son. We shouldn’t have to do that, this is our future that’s dying,” Jackson expressed.


Wednesday, twin babies died that were born premature after their mother was caught in cross fire in Northeast.  The investigation continues and police released surveillance video of the possible suspects.


Meanwhile, Cook and Jackson in Southeast said they are still waiting for leads in their sons’ murders, hoping for answers.


“You’re not going to speak up because somebody might retaliate, but that same person that you are not speaking of today can be the same person that kills you or one of your loved ones tomorrow,” said Cook.


Both parents and ANC Commissioner Paul Tranthum said something has got to be done.  They want to see more officers in the area, possibly even undercover officers.  Cook and Jackson said the mindset in the community needs to change from reactive to proactive -- parents, community leaders, law enforcement, they said it will take a village to change the direction things are heading.


Anyone with information about the murders call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.