Cooper’s Troopers

Every year towards the end of the school year, Cooper’s friends and classmates from the Calhoun School gather at the site of his death to honor him and demand safer streets in his honor. They call themselves “Cooper’s Troopers.”

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This first happened Wednesday, June 3, 2015, when dozens of Troopers joined family members of Cooper Stock to designate West 97th Street at West End Avenue as Cooper Stock Way.

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Cooper’s mother Dana (right) and City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (left) hold the new street sign honoring Cooper. Behind them are two of Cooper’s cousins and his many Troopers. June 2015.

Many of Cooper’s classmates, and his mother Dana Lerner, shared memories of him. The students also displayed posters they’d made imploring motorists to drive safely.

“On that night in January 2014 — why we have this sign — a driver was impatient,” said Barron Lerner, Cooper’s uncle, of the night when Cooper was run down and killed by a taxi cab. “Impatient. Broke the law. Couldn’t wait. And now Cooper is dead. Other children are dead. Adults are dead. Every day.”

VIDEO: Watch the beautiful video honoring Cooper (and his Troopers) shot by STREETFILMS here.

97th and West End — the corner where Cooper was killed, and also where he grew up — has been renamed in his honor.

To read more about the dedication, click here for an article by Emily Frost for DNAinfo.com.

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Cooper’s Troopers gathered on May 30, 2019 for the yearly remembrance of their classmate Cooper.

Alison Rothschild, Calhuon’s Lower School Director, said of the day, “It was a beautiful afternoon remembering Cooper. After our walk to Cooper Stock Way, the entire Lower and Middle School came together in the gym for a spirited, fun filled series of basketball events.  Cooper continues to bring out the best in Calhoun!”

Cooper’s Troopers, May 2019.

Cooper’s Calhoun classmates comfort each other over the loss of their dear friend more than 5 years after his death. They are set to finish 8th grade in June 2019.

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