‘She was one-of-a-kind’: Family remembers 80-year-old woman stabbed to death during carjacking

HOUSTON – A routine errand turned fatal Saturday at a Walgreens parking lot off South Braeswood Boulevard.

According to the Houston Police Department, Rosalie ‘Rose’ Cook, 80, was stabbed by a knife-wielding suspect as she was getting into her car.

Cook’s son, Chuck and her daughter-in-law, Dawn, are trying to come to terms with the senseless murder.

“She was just a precious lady,” Chuck Cook said. “Well-loved by so many people.”

“She was one-of-a-kind,” Dawn Cook said. “She didn’t deserve it.”

Chuck Cook said the incident is harder to comprehend after finding out his mother’s attacker allegedly has a long criminal history.

“This man has proven he’s a menace to society, he’s proven he has no regard for the law or anybody else,” Chuck Cook said. “Yet, on his own personal recognizance, with a felony conviction for assault, you let him out. Where’s the sense in that? The justice system can’t be counted on in these situations, clearly. Ultimately he won’t harm anyone again.”

The offender was shot and killed by a veteran officer at the scene. According to HPD Chief Art Acevedo, the officer had no choice but to open fire as the suspect charged at him still holding the knife.