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Man brutally attacked at Clarksville laundromat dies in hospital

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A man was attacked by teens inside a Clarksville laundry. (Photo: Clarksville Police Department) A man was attacked by teens inside a Clarksville laundry. (Photo: Clarksville Police Department)
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A 71-year-old Clarksville man has died after he was viciously assaulted and robbed by three teenagers on May 30.

Teddy Cook was working at Super Suds Laundromat and Carwash on Peachers Mill Road when surveillance video captured three people entering the store and pointing a rifle at him.

A struggle ensued, and Cook was kicked and hit over the head with the rifle multiple times.

While one of the three continued to threaten Cook with a gun, the other two tipped over a coin-operated game machine and stole an unknown amount of money. They also stole the victim's keys before fleeing the scene.

Cook was transported by ambulance to Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville and then transferred to TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment of injuries. He remained in the hospital after the robbery until he died on June 9.

Clarksville detectives identified and apprehended three boys the day after the robbery took place.

Two of the teens were 14 years old and the third was only 13.

They were booked into a juvenile holding facility and charged with especially aggravated robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. However, additional charges are expected following the victim's death.

"He was a lot like a second grandpa to me," said co-worker and close friend Joseph Whitwell. "He was a real family man. He loved everyone who came in here. Nobody expected this to happen. Nobody expected it to happen to Teddy or any of us. It's terrible. I don't understand what pushes someone to do that. Why go after a 71-year-old man? I don't hate them for what they did. I hate what they did to him, but I don't hate them as individuals, as people."

Several days before he passed, News4 talked with Cook by phone in the hospital.

About the teens, Cook said, "The devil is in what they did, and I wish to the good Lord they'll straighten up."

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