Candlelight vigil for Cook reaffirms plea for justice

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's been nearly three weeks since 47-year-old Randy Cook was shot and killed on New Year’s Day.

Tuesday night, the community remembered Randy Cook while reaffirming their plea of justice.

Darren Cook, one of Randy's older brothers, said the vigil was a way for the community to keep his spirit alive.

“For us to start the healing process, we have to try and hopefully, eventually get some answers out of what is going on," said Darren Cook.

Those who knew Randy, joined the family in sharing stories about his life and Darren says the community's support is what keeps him going.

“The friends and the community itself, people that we didn't even know, that Randy was friends with, that just come up and talk to us about it," said Darren Cook.

Tony La Porta was close to Randy, he even describes him as a father-like figure. He's having a tough time with his loss.

“More like a bad dream and I've been fortunate enough not to lose many people and never to a gun related crime or a murder and that's what this is," said La Porta.

Now family and friends looking for closure want answers.

“Justice and an investigation, Grand Junction lost a great man," said La Porta.

“It is concerning that nobody's behind bars for this," said Darren Cook.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office Officials say the case remains under investigation and all the paperwork has been sealed by a judge. The Mesa County Coroner says Cook died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide.

Randy Cook was found dead inside a home at 2846 Unaweep Avenue on New Year's Day. The Mesa County Assessor's Office web site shows that home is owned by Joe Hoskins.

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