Retired cop still hunting leads from 2004 family murder - FOX34 Lubbock

Retired cop still hunting leads from 2004 family murder

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The hunt is still on for the man who brutally slaughtered 45 year old Tammy Cooper and her children, 11 year old Mahogany, and nine year old twins Kadis and Kasim on October 25th 2004. It's personal for detective Rey Martinez who worked the case. 

"I think for me personally it was walking into a crime scene like this," said Martinez. "I had walked into multiple crime scenes, even when there are multiple victims, but seeing an entire family and children inside this apartment was, it's almost indescribable."

The family had only lived in Lubbock for about six months after leaving the DFW metroplex. The night before the killing Tammy was on the phone with a friend, who said she heard a loud bang on the door. and one of the children opened the door for the killer.

"The friend could hear a male voice saying get off the phone, get off the phone, we need to talk," said Martinez. "She heard the victim say how did you find me? how did you know i was here."

Martinez said the murdered was likely someone Tammy wasn't afraid of, a series of leads led the investigative team to the Dallas area, but there weren't enough evidence to charge anyone. Martinez remains optimistic new technology will solve this case. 

"When you see a family massacred like that, you know, I mean, you really realize hey, somebody ended all these lives, you know," said Martinez. "Of course, those kinds of things make you more determined to try to get the information to solve some of those cases."

If you know anything about what led up to the Cooper family's murder or have any other tips that could help close this case, call Crime-line 806- 741 1000.

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