January 29, 2007
Family and friends said a last goodbye to a Greene County teen involved in a deadly shooting with a game warden.
Funeral services were held in downtown Charlottesville Monday afternoon for 16-year-old Allen Cochran.
As you can expect it was a difficult and emotional day for those remembering a life so young, lost so early.
“He was always there for us when we needed him,” Cochran’s friend Clemmie Estes says.
“We were friends for three years. I loved him and wish they wouldn't have shot him,” said another friend Stephanie Swanson.
Friends of the 16-year-old tried to console each other Monday.
A game warden shot and killed the Ruckersville teen last Wednesday.
“He was always there for me every time I needed someone to talk to,” said friend Megan Morris.
Classmate Megan Morris said she talked to Cochran just days ago.
“He told me that all kinds of stuff wasn’t true that people say about him,” said Morris.
People said he once tried to bring a gun to school.
“He told me that it wasn't him. They arrested him when he was asleep in his bed,” said Swanson.
People also said he was trying to abduct a 15-year-old girl at the time he was shot. She too, mourning on Monday, wouldn't speak to us, but friends say she loved him.
“He loved her,” said friends. “I heard they ran away together.”
Whether they ran away together or not, the girl was reported missing. Officers responding tried to pull the girl from the car. Cochran then allegedly hit the gas and officers opened fire.
Autopsy results released Monday said Cochran died from a single gun shot wound to the head.
His friends say he was wearing a hat when they closed his casket and laid him to rest.
“He didn't deserve it. They could have shot some of the tires out, they didn't have to kill him,” said Estes.
Medical examiners would not say if Cochran was shot more than once.
His mother Monday said the clothes her son was wearing that night seem to have more than one bullet hole.
The game warden is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a Virginia State Police investigation. This is standard procedure.
The Commonwealth's attorney will decide if anyone will be charged.