Cedrick Cotton, a former member of the popular 1990s R&B group Ideal, was reportedly murdered in broad daylight at a place he went to often.
According to ABC 13, the 46-year-old was stabbed to death outside of Fondren Food Mart on February 9. After the incident, scores of people flocked to the scene to see if it was someone they knew. William King, Cedrick’s uncle, was one of those onlookers.
“I saw him just lying there,” he said. “I couldn’t do nothing but just cry last night.”
Cotton’s mother, Delores Floyd, spoke with ABC 13 about the horrific incident in Southwest Houston on Tuesday. She says her son was a regular customer at the convenience store, where he’d often ride his bike to.
“The next thing I know, I get this call and I heard people … ‘He comes here every day. He doesn’t bother anybody. He’s a good guy,’” Floyd described.
Cotton, who went by the stage name Swab, was one fourth of Ideal, who came onto the scene around 1999 and toured and performed for years. The group was best known for their single “Whatever.”
Cotton helped create Ideal, which started in California and consisted of himself, his brother, cousin and high school friend.
“They were on ‘Soul Train,’ ‘Donnie and Marie Show,’ ‘The Parkers,'” Floyd said.
It isn’t clear what happened or led up to the killing. Investigators are still attempting to understand the circumstances while Floyd is making her plea to the public.
“Whoever did this, turn yourself in,” she said to ABC 13. “You know, it’s time out for this foolishness. Killing people is not the right thing to do.”