• Local mother seeks answers 1 year after son was killed in Greensboro

    By: Erica Bryant


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 2013 Vance High School graduate was killed one year ago in Greensboro.

    John Cook, who was then 22, was in Greensboro for homecoming at North Carolina A&T University.

    The shooter has not been caught.

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    “There were times that I just I didn't want to get up and be bothered,” His mother, Sharon, said. “It wasn't depression but just a, ‘Now what?’ feeling.

    It has been a difficult year for the mother.

    “John was a cool guy,” she said. "He was a cool son and he was a cool friend, and everybody loved being around him.”

    She said he never missed a homecoming.

    He was at a gathering with friends at an apartment off campus when strangers kicked in the door, according to reports. A fight ensued in the breezeway and then there was gunfire.

    “We don't know how the fight stopped,” Sharon said. “All we know is John was shot as he was walking away.”

    Greensboro police have not identified a suspect, and they're hoping someone has information that could help.

    "People will not think that small things are significant,” Capt. Nathaniel Davis said. “When the small things may help, maybe they just saw a person or car, anything that can help us. We are running any leads we can get."

    Sharon thinks someone in the crowd could have captured something on a cellphone. 

    “It is very hard for me to believe that no one caught any footage of what happened,” she said.

    Meanwhile, she is speaking out hoping to get answers for herself and her grandchildren.

    There is a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Contact Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 if you have any information.

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