Family sees outpouring of support after Lowcountry father killed by alleged teen robbers

Michael Cooke (Provided)

Prayers and support are pouring in for one Lowcountry family, whose lives were torn apart Friday morning.

41-year-old Michael Bryan Cooke, Jr. and his father Mike Cooke were working on the plumbing of a home on Matipan Drive near North Charleston when they were shot Friday.

Michael Bryan Cooke died from his injuries at the scene, while father Mike Cooke is still in intensive care fighting for his life, the family says.

ABC News 4 reached out to the Cooke family and were able to talk to Jennifer Cooke Smith, Michael Bryan's cousin.

Jennifer says Bryan left behind a 5-year-old daughter and 'has a never met a stranger."

"He had a huge heart," Smith said.

She also told us Bryan owned a landscaping business but worked plumbing jobs with his father to earn extra money.

Mike Cooke owned a plumbing business, which is the reason they were in North Charleston, to begin with.

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

Smith says, Mike is also a preacher at a small church in Mount Pleasant, where a sign was posted outside Sunday telling people church was canceled.

A confirmed GoFundMe page has been set up for the family and has raised more than $56,000.

At this time, the two 18-year-old suspects, Aaron White and Da'quintez Gadsden, are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and more.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Gadsden and White entered the home the Cookes were working inside with the intent to rob the men.

White reportedly confessed to Charleston County detectives that he shot both men when an altercation ensued during the robbery, an affidavit shows.

Gadsden and White were later found at Greg Mathis Charter High School. Deputies say they matched a description given by Mike Cooke, and by people in the neighborhood at the time.

Teachers also reported that Gadsden and White showed up late to school and sweating minutes after the time of the shooting.

Both suspects waived their rights to hearing in bond court Saturday.

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