Every year towards the end of the school year, Cooper’s friends and classmates from the Calhoun School gather at the site of his death to honor him and demand safer streets in his honor. They call themselves “Cooper’s Troopers.”
This first happened Wednesday, June 3, 2015, when dozens of Troopers joined family members of Cooper Stock to designate West 97th Street at West End Avenue as Cooper Stock Way.
Many of Cooper’s classmates, and his mother Dana Lerner, shared memories of him. The students also displayed posters they’d made imploring motorists to drive safely.
“On that night in January 2014 — why we have this sign — a driver was impatient,” said Barron Lerner, Cooper’s uncle, of the night when Cooper was run down and killed by a taxi cab. “Impatient. Broke the law. Couldn’t wait. And now Cooper is dead. Other children are dead. Adults are dead. Every day.”