THE parents of murdered Darren Cooper have offered their condolences to the family of Billy Dove as they face the prospect of their son’s killer being released from prison.
Roy and Viv Cooper say they were devastated when they heard the news that 21-year-old Billy Dove had been stabbed to death just yards from where their son was brutally attacked and killed in 2001.
Roy, 63, said: “It brought it all back home. We just couldn’t believe it when we read it.”
Darren was just 24 when he was attacked outside KFC in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, following a night out with pals. He was hit with a large tree branch and stamped on by killer Daniel Button, while his cousin Bradley Galvin kicked Darren as he lay helpless on the floor.
Roy and Viv – who look after Darren’s daughter Chloe, now aged 12 – know what is ahead for the Dove family as they face life without Billy and the police investigation to bring his killers to justice.
The pair sent a card of condolence to Billy’s family via Herts Police after the popular mechanic was stabbed to death in Hemel Hempstead’s Market Square in the early hours of Sunday, November 6.
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