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Emotional service for a father killed on Matipan Avenue

Bryan Cooke 2 (Provided)

A celebration of life service was held Saturday for 41-year-old Bryan Cooke. Cooke was shot and killed in February during a burglary.

Saturday, nearly 400 family members and friends gathered inside of Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant for a celebration of Bryan’s life.

Bryan’s father Mike Cooke, who is also a preacher, gave the eulogy and talked about the day his son died. “On that faithful day, he saved my life,” says Mike Cooke.

The service was very emotional. Many of Bryan’s family and friends shared stories about the 41-year-old. During the service, pictures of Bryan flashed on the screen.

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His family described Bryan as a man of strong faith with great love for his family and close to his daughter Sophia.

Pam Barker read a poetic tribute saying in part, “ Sophia will know her daddy. She will hear stories every day. You will be a part of her precious life and in her heart and in memories you will always stay.”

Bryan was killed while working with his father Mike on a home Matipan Avenue when they were shot. Bryan died from his injuries at the scene. Mike was also shot.

Family members say Bryan owned a landscaping business but worked plumbing jobs with his father to earn extra money.

Mike has been helping other contractors to fix up homes for veterans and others in need throughout the Lowcountry, the family says.

Mike ended the service, with this hope:

“I have no idea what Bryan's death is leading to in regards to this community, but I do know that it opens up a wonderful opportunity for us to stand up and say no to violence."
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