Detroit family loses father and son to gun violence 16 years apart

- A Detroit family is heartbroken after a loved one was shot and killed on the city's west side. Sadly it is no stranger to gun violence.

Both a father and son killed the same way 16 years apart.

"It's just too much," said Jerlyn Cook-Duffy. “It’s always a phone call to get to the hospital. (They told me) my child was deceased."

In 2002, Reggie Cook, 26, was murdered at stop sign when somebody came out shooting at him near Fenkell. 

Reggie's oldest son, named after him, was murdered on Burt Road between Grand River and Florence on Oct. 19. He was found in the street.

"He had a future, he went to school, he was in college, he worked, he had his own car," said Barbara Cook, Reggie's aunt. "He was doing all the right things that we taught our youths to do."

It has changed the entire family and there is still no break in the case after the son was found earlier this month. It is a pain so many are forced to feel across metro Detroit.

"If your man enough to shoot somebody then be man enough to speak up," said Arnold Lee Duffy, Reggie's grandfather.

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