Family mourns loss of young Wiggins mother killed on Easter Sunday

Wiggins, Miss. (WLOX) – A Wiggins family are heartbroken and three children are left without parents after a young mother is murdered early on Easter Sunday morning.

Zavago Wilson is charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend and the mother of his children, 22-year-old Kayla Cooper.

Kayla Cooper, 22, was murdered on Easter Sunday, leaving behind three children under the age of two. Police say her boyfriend and father of the child, Zavago Wilson, was the one who shot her.(Cooper Family)

Now the memories are all that Cooper’s loved ones have left to remember her.

“No bad memories of her,” Kayla’s sister Tekiyah Cooper said. “She was a funny, clumsy girl.”

“She was outspoken, that’s what she and me had in common,” cousin Kendall Harritton added.

Cooper was found at her home on Harrison Street at 1:11 a.m. by a family member, Wiggins Police Chief Jeff Thomas said. Authorities quickly identified Wilson as the suspect in the homicide and issued a warrant for his arrest. He surrendered a few hours later.

Kayla’s sister said there were no warning signs of trouble between the couple.

“I did my best to take care of her,” Tekiyah Cooper said. “I always asked her if there was anything and she just said nothing was happening. It was just a normal day for her.

Plans to go to church, have family dinners and watch the little ones hunt for Easter eggs soon turned to tragedy and tears as news of Kayla’s death began to spread.

“That’s what threw everyone off, the shock. It was a normal day at Easter,” added Harritton.

Kayla Cooper was a devoted mother to her daughter, who is just under two years old, and...
Kayla Cooper was a devoted mother to her daughter, who is just under two, and twins, a boy and a girl who are one.(Submitted)

Kayla was a devoted mother to her daughter, who is just under two years old, and to the twins, a boy and a girl who are one.

“Since it happened, they haven’t seen her. They grabbed the picture and said “mommy, mommy”. It just tore us apart,” Kayla’s aunt Paulette Johnson said.

“That was all they knew,” Tekiyah added. “(Kayla) made sure they were straight. She kept them on a set schedule.

Family members said Cooper’s tragedy is now etched in their minds forever.

“We will call the other children Kayla by mistake. We’re like, ‘Kayla, oh I’m sorry,’” Johnson said.

Kayla’s aunt said they had a very close bond and talked often. She only wishes her niece had confided in her about the issues in her relationship.

“Some people might be afraid to reach out. Do it anyway, do it and trust God, you never know,” Johnson said.

The family now relies on their faith in God to cope with the monumental loss.

“Something good is going to come out of this,” Johnson said. “We can’t see it right now, but whatever happens, (God) will get the glory out of it.”

The family is also responsible for paying for Kayla’s funeral, as well as caring for her three young children. A go finance me has been set up if anyone would like to donate. You can find this link here.

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Alicia R. Rucker