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Police: Same gunmen may have killed musician, deacon

Eric 'Guitar' Davis |  Phofrom Chicago Police

Eric "Guitar" Davis | Photo from Chicago Police

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The men who killed a church deacon two weeks ago in an attempted robbery in the South Shore neighborhood may be the same suspects who killed a blues musician a short time later, police said.

The fatal shootings happened about half an hour and three blocks apart in the early morning hours of Dec. 19, police said at the time.

Both Eric “Guitar” Davis and Deacon Willie Cooper were sitting in parked vehicles when they were shot during attempted armed robberies, according to a community alert issued Thursday by Grand Central District police.

Cooper, 74, was waiting to give a friend a ride to work when two suspects shot him at 4:44 a.m. in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue, authorities said.

Davis, 41, was sitting in his vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End about 5:20 a.m. when two people shot him, police said.

The suspects are described as black men in their 20s wearing dark hooded jackets and dark pants, the alert said.

Police said Friday they believe the same offenders may be involved in both shootings.

Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward, and requesting neighbors to review any video surveillance equipment from that date and time.

Both Davis, of the 14200 block of South Eggleston Avenue in Riverdale; and Cooper, of the 6800 block of South Crandon, were dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

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