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Brothers Found Shot To Death On Chicago's South Side, Neighbor Warns 'It's Going To Be War Out Here'

08/06/2013 11:23 am ET | Updated Aug 06, 2013
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Police are searching for a motive after two brothers were found shot to death in a car on Chicago's Far South Side early Tuesday.

Demetrius Cooper, 35, and Leandre Cooper, 38, were shot around 3:40 a.m. in the 100 block of East 120th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, according to police.

NBC Chicago reports the men were sitting in the front seats of a late model Dodge Charger when they were shot, one the chin and the other in the face and chest. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

“They have no gang affiliation that we know of, but we’re still trying to determine a motive at this point. It’s early in the investigation,” a police spokesman told the Sun-Times.

The two men were caregivers to their mother, Bobbie Cooper. Cooper, who uses a wheelchair, told DNAinfo Chicago, "They were my help. They were my strength. All I can say is 'why?' They never hurt anybody."

A teenager witnesses say was the son of one of the victims was spotted ducking the police tape after officials responded to the scene. According to the Tribune, the teen later broke down sobbing on a nearby lawn as friends consoled him.

Friends described the men as family-oriented and loving. Leantae Cooper, 16, described his father, Demetrius, as "supportive and always there" to DNAinfo. "He always came to my sporting events."

A neighbor from across the street told the paper he feared retaliatory violence would come to the area following the murders. "From now on, we'd better be locked in our house," said Rico Lee, 39. "It's going to be war out here."

Including the brothers, three people are dead and nine others have been wounded in shootings in Chicago since Monday afternoon. Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Murray was found in the 6600 block of South Claremont Avenue -- less than a block from his home -- in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood around 4:20 p.m. Monday.

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