Seveland Cooley’s lifeless body was found on the Riviera Beach Elementary School playground on August 12, 1988 by a school janitor. Seveland, 28, had been shot multiple times and according to an April 1994 article published by The Palm Beach Post, two men were suspected of the shooting. Detectives have never released any suspect information in the case and no arrests have ever been made.
Seveland’s family has fought for years to find answers and justice. They have overcome great obstacles along the way. It was almost 5 years after Seveland’s murder that tragedy struck the Cooley family again. On June 3, 1993, Felicia Cooley, Seveland’s sister, was stabbed to death in her own apartment. 10 months later police arrested the man responsible. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Now, more than 28 years after he was shot outside an elementary school in Riviera Beach, Florida, Seveland’s family is hoping someone will come forward and that justice will be served.
If you have any information about the unsolved murder of Seveland Cooley, please contact the Riviera Beach Police Department at (561) 845-4123. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a $1,000 reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS.
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