Neighbors React to Murder-Suicide in Gardendale

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

The Ector County Sheriff's Office says early autopsy results show an estranged husband killed his wife then himself last week.

On Monday, neighbors remembered Lonnie and Cindy Cooper's final days and said the couple will be missed.

"They're acquaintances," Heather Angel said. "I didn't know them very well but they were very nice people. He was always really nice and she also was great. She was really nice."

Angel and many other neighbors said they noticed Lonnie Cooper was not spending as much time in the yard, but didn't think much of it since he had a stroke a few months back.

The Sheriff's Office said Lonnie Cooper first shot and killed his wife Thursday before calling a family member.

The family member apparently didn't pick up the phone because Lonnie Cooper left a message saying he had killed his wife and planned to kill himself.

By the time his family made it to the couple's house, Lonnie Cooper had already taken his own life.

Many neighbors like Angel said they want to let the Coopers' families know they are in their prayers.

"I just send our love and condolences," Angel said. "We're just heartbroken and we know they are too."

Some of Cindy Cooper's family members were at the couple's home on Monday night, but like many neighbors said they were not ready to discuss the tragic deaths.