January 20, 1997 in Nation/World

Ennis Cosby Buried On His Family’s Estate Bill Cosby Tells Tabloids To Help Police, Not Hound Family, Friends

From Wire Reports
 
Tags:murder

As Ennis Cosby was buried on his family’s estate in Massachusetts, police on Sunday were deluged with tips after releasing sketches of a suspect and possible witness in the slaying.

“We’ve received numerous calls since the the composite was released,” Officer Vincent Aguirre said Sunday.

The sketch of the suspect is of a white man, 25 to 32 years old, of average height and weight wearing a light-colored knit cap. It was released Saturday night.

Cmdr. Tim McBride said police don’t know if there is more than one suspect and if anything was taken from Cosby’s car. Police still consider robbery the probable motive.

Cosby, 27, was shot in the head early Thursday as he changed a tire along a West Los Angeles road.

Meanwhile in western Massachusetts, Cosby was buried on his family’s expansive estate in Shelburne after a private service. Before police blocked the road to the property, flowers were delivered to the home, and a man tacked a large sign that read “Hello Friend” to a post inside the front gate.

Through a spokesman, meanwhile, Bill Cosby issued a challenge to the print and electronic tabloids, which he says have been offering money for information on his son’s death. The funds, Cosby suggested, ought to be used to create rewards that would assist investigators.

Cosby’s request resonated with at least one tabloid, The National Enquirer. Its editor, Steve Coz, said Sunday his paper will put up a $100,000 reward for information on Ennis Cosby’s killer.

Bill Cosby’s television show will air as scheduled today with a special tribute to his slain son, CBS said.

At the close of today’s episode of “Cosby,” there will be a written tribute to Ennis Cosby and actor Sheldon Leonard, a TV producer and father figure to Bill Cosby who died on Jan. 10 at the age of 89.


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