BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Officials at the air force base on Guam say the wide search effort off the northwest coast of the island has now turned to the recovery of remains.
That news is obviously devastating to family members, those relatives holding out hope to the very last minute. News 12 has learned that the pilot of the B-52 was Major Christopher Cooper, an Afghanistan and Iraq War veteran. We spoke briefly to his dad Wednesday, Mike Cooper. He said he did not want to be interviewed on camera as he is emotionally exhausted, and that the latest news has really taken a toll on him and his family.
The news of this tragedy has resonated across the state, and prompted a statement from Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor wrote "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the B-52 Bomber crew from Barksdale Air Force Base. The men and women of our armed forces are heroes, and the loss of these six brave airmen is truly a tragedy". Chris' dad, Mike responds to that comment "I am deeply grateful for the sentiments from Governor Jindal, and all the people through the military, and all of Chris' friends."
The entire Ark-La-Tex community has reached out to the families. The Texas Roadhouse in Bossier City hosted a Special Olympics fundraiser today, which also featured a sympathy card for the airmen, signed by the public.
Barksdale Air Force Base set up a memorial on base for Thursday at 9:30am.