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Marquis Cooper

Born: 1982-03-11 - Died: 2009-03-01
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea

Death Summary: On February 28, 2009 Victor “Marquis” Cooper, Corey Smith, William Bleakley and Nick Schuyler went on a fishing trip near Clearwater, Florida and were suppose to return the same night.

The following day the U.S. Coast Guard reported that a 21-foot fishing boat was missing off the Gulf Coast and immediately began a search. On March 2, 2009 the overturned boat was located with Schuyler still holding on, the other men were not with him.

At this time the U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for the remaining lost men. But, friends and family are planning to organize a private search.

Who was Marquis Cooper : Cooper was a former NFL football player, playing linebacker with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and most recently the Oakland Raiders.

Cooper played his college ball at the University of Washington and was honorable mention All-Pac 10 in 2002. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Cooper as the 79th overall pick (3rd round) in the NFL draft.

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32 Signatures in Marquis Cooper's guestbook

  1. Rob Says:

    He may still be out there

  2. Kathrine Rice Says:

    Don’t give up hope, miracles do happen.

  3. Katie Adams Says:

    I believe in my heart he is still out there. i watched marquis play high school football college. he has a heart and is a fighter. i hope and pray he is out there.

  4. Meshia Tate Says:

    I will always love you like a brother. I know you will be found. In the meantime, you are being missed.

  5. Vicky Kroh Says:

    God Bless you all! So sad to see this happen. I just pray God gives you strength to get thru this. Just trust God and he will help you thru this situation!

  6. Gabrielle Says:

    I just want to send my condolences out to the family. I am truly sorry to hear what happened to Marquis. I am just praying for closure among the situation.

  7. henri Says:

    I created a memorial for Marquis. Please visit and leave a message, light a candle for him and his family.


  8. Audrey Jernigan Says:

    may God strenghten the family,and may marquis rest in peace

  9. Rita Says:

    My deepest sympathy goes to the cooper family. May God hold this family in his hand and give them the strenght to go on.

  10. Bobby Clingan Says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. and mrs. Cooper. I was thinking about you my brother. May God bless you and keep your family in his thoughts and prayers. May God Bless marquis!

  11. Linda Says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family. There is not much I can do personally but I know that God is big and He is able to help you far more than any person ever can. So lean on Him for your strength and comfort. Praying God will wrap His arms around your family and hold you up through the days ahead. God bless you all and I am so sorry. I will continue to lift up prayers for you all.

  12. Shamona Meadows Says:

    To the family, I cant understand the pain each one of you are experiencing; however keep in mind that marquis cooper is with the lord and being properly cared for. Please remember that the lord is GOOD AND HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU OR LEAVE YOU IN YOUR GRIEVANCES. hE WILL HEAL YOU AND MAKE YOU WHOLE.

  13. Shamona Meadows Says:

    To the family, I cant understand the pain each one of you are experiencing; however keep in mind that marquis cooper is with the lord and being properly cared for. Please remember that the lord is GOOD AND HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU OR LEAVE YOU IN YOUR GRIEVANCES. JESUS WILL HEAL YOU AND MAKE YOU WHOLE.

  14. jack Says:

    There is a memorial for Marquis here:


  15. Rosa Vargas Says:

    Remember that God takes care of all his children dont give up hope!

  16. Cyntia Says:

    RIP and may God welcome you in heaven. I pray for the families and may God strengthen them in this difficult period.

  17. sylvia inzunza Says:

    Marquis you will forever be a special man in the hearts of many many people. Thank you for being a special friend to my daughter Jennifer Noriega.

  18. alice m lloyd Says:

    God bless you marqis cooper

  19. Brenda Strickland Says:

    I know the pain of losing a child myself. May God give you comfort and strength as he has myself.

  20. La Shay Minigan Says:

    Marquis, I will always love you and you will forever be my best friend. You will still live in my heart. I will still talk to you, and depend on you, and still smile at all the memories that only we shared, still tease you about some of the things you’ve done, and still pray for you everynight. We have always stayed so close although out of sight and that will continue for me. If you are on an island out there, I hope you come home soon so we can visit… and if you are in heaven I hope to see you in my dreams. I miss you so much and love you too Coop… we all do. See you soon.

  21. Remona Tate Says:

    To the family, I am keeping you in my prayers. God will help see you through this. I met Marquis about 3 years ago. I was so touched by the impact he had in my daughter, Meshia Tate and my grandoson, Jaydan Johnson’s lives. Donna and Bruce everything will be alright. May God bless you and your family at this time.

  22. April Williams Says:

    You will live in our hearts for eternity. We all love and miss you, Bro!

  23. grim Says:

    shot in a drug deal

  24. Mike Sanchez Says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family, may God bring you closure. Long live in our Hearts the man , and a Raider!

  25. Mike, Kathy Lingley Says:

    Rebecca, & Delaney,
    Marquis will truely be missed by the Lingley family. For 9 years we kept in touch. He even brought your precious little girl over.
    We were and still are devistated by this tragedy. I talked with Bruce and Donna recently, and they, and you are in my prayers always.
    I’m sure Matt & Marquis are fishing and having a ball in Heaven.
    Love from our family

  26. gyse Says:

    we love u we miss u so much

  27. derek Says:

    r.i.p bro!

  28. jorge dias Says:

    paz a sua alma…de portugal

  29. Kayla Halwey Says:

    I read the book with him in it by Nick Schulyer, Not Without Hope. VERYY GOOD BOOK!

  30. Harlena Jones Says:

    Gone but never forgotten

  31. Joseph Calbert Says:

    Miss you a lot bro.

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