Rochester, N.Y.— Stephen Cobb had a daughter who adored him, a job he loved, and a family who cherished him. The 29-year-old St. Ann’s employee also had the dream of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) one day.
However, all of Cobb’s dreams and everything he held dear were taken away when he was murdered on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
“It's been really hard,” says Cobb’s mother, Sheryl. “It's something that I never could have imagined we would go through and how hard it is to just go through everyday.”
Cobb was shot inside of a corner store on W. Main Street and King Street around 11:30 p.m. on June 9.
After he was shot, he made it to his car, but died before he could get anywhere.
According to Rochester Police, there were several witnesses inside and outside of the store. Police believe that these people witnessed the suspect confront Cobb before they shot him. They also have reason to believe this was a targeted attack.
“That evening [of the murder], I sent him a text saying, ‘Steve, I love you.’” says Sheryl Cobb. “He wrote me back about 10:53 p.m. that same evening it said, "Ma, I love you too… oh so much. Goodnight.’ [His death] was a devastating loss. This was an unforgiving loss.”
Police say they are following leads in the case, but they need witnesses who were there at the store on June 9 around the time of the murder to come forward.
The Cobb family is begging for answers.
“I never quite understood it until it hit home and once it hits home, you cannot imagine what a person is going through nor do I want you to imagine it,” says Sheryl. “If you were in my shoes, wouldn't you want someone to come through and say something? Anything?”
If you have information on this homicide you can call Crime Stoppers at 423-9300. You can choose to stay anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward.