Murder In Lubbock: The Tammy Cooper Story


In 2003 Tammy Cooper packed up her belongings and moved her family from Dallas, Texas, to Lubbock. The 44 year old mother of three had hoped that the move would be a fresh start.  Instead it would end in tragedy.

Windrest Estacado Apartments

On the morning of October 25, 2004, a friend of Tammy’s stopped by her apartment, number 4104, in the Windcrest Estacado Apartment complex at 512 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The apartment complex has since been renamed Mission Square Apartments, then Madison Park. He had agreed to take her children to school and stopped to pick them up. About 8:00am  police received a call from the friend – he had pushed out the slightly ajar front door, only to be greeted by a grisly scene.

Tammy (spelled Tammie by some sources), along with her 11 year old daughter Mahogany and 9 year old twins KaDiece and Kasheim, had been brutally beaten and stabbed to death in several rooms of the apartment, at least one of the murder weapons coming from her own kitchen. The cause and manner of death were officially attributed to blunt force trauma and a sharp instrument. It appeared that not only had Tammy attempted to protect her children from the attack but that some of them had struggled with and tried to get away from their attacker.

A Knock At The Door

The only lead that detectives had to go off of was a brief telephone conversation that Tammy had with a friend the night before the family was found murdered. Around 10:15pm the night before Tammy had been on the phone with a friend. There was a knock at the door and the friend heard one of the children answer it. Then a man’s deep voice speaking to Tammy.

“Get off the phone. We need to talk.” the man had told Tammy, her friend saying he had seemed agitated. The friend did say, however, that Tammy’s tone didn’t seem concerned, making her believe that Tammy personally knew her visitor.

It was Tammy’s response that seemed concerning. “How did you find me? How did you know I was here?” She had asked him.

This prompted the friend to ask Tammy about the man, but Tammy only stated that he was unknown to the friend, and that he was a black man named Butch who wasn’t “from here” before hanging up the phone. About half and hour later another friend attempted to call Tammy, but this call would go straight to Tammy’s voicemail.

Tammy Coopers three children Mahogany, KaDiece and Kasheim
Tammy Cooper’s three children, Mahogany, KaDiece and Kasheim. (Photo: Lubbock PD)
A 13 Year Unsolved Murder Mystery

This October will mark the 13th anniversary of what has been called Lubbock’s most gruesome murders. But even after 13 years Tammy and her children an unforgotten, as can been seen by the many virtual flowers adorning their “gravesites” on FindAGrave. Tammy Cooper and Mahogany, KaDiece and Kasheim Allen were buried in 2004 in Lincoln Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

In a 2013 article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Tammy’s mother, Mary Cooper, states that Tammy was very social, and may have simply “met the wrong person”. Did Tammy Cooper move to get away from an abusive relationship, only to be found a year later? Was the notoriously private mother of three involved in something that led to her murder?

From Texas To California

Detectives have followed leads all the way from Dallas to California since the murders. In a 2016 article published by Everything Lubbock police said they believed they knew Butch’s identity and now just had to track him down. However a 2017 article published by the same source states that police still don’t know Butch’s identity. It was still believed that he may be in the Dallas area.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Until then the question of Butch’s identity and what would have prompted the murder of the family of four remains unsolved. While Tammy was previously married, no mention has been made of her former spouses or the children’s father and it is not believed that either are a suspect at this time.

Unsolved Murder Agency Contacts

If you believe you have information that is not listed this case please contact us. Anyone with information regarding the murder of Tammy Cooper and her three children is urged to contact the Lubbock Police Department or Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous and they may be eligible for a cash reward.

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