Luis Eddie Cosme, the 48-year-old retired sergeant first class who was fatally shot Oct. 30 at his home in Killeen, made an impact on his family and those who knew him.
Cosme spent 25 years in the Army and moved to Killeen a little over 10 years ago when he was stationed to Fort Hood, his final duty station. He remained in Killeen after his retirement in 2014.
Since retiring from the Army, Cosme picked up a career as a flatbed truck driver. He delivered loads within the state of Texas.
He left behind five children — three sons and two daughters — and seven grandchildren. His children range in age from 17 to 30.
Killeen police said Cosme died trying to help a woman at his home in the 2100 block of Reese Creek Road.
According to the court affidavit, police say Bryan Jamal Dunn forced his way into the Killeen home where the elder Cosme and the woman were residing. Dunn and the woman got into a verbal argument, and when Cosme attempted to intervene, Dunn shot him, according to court documents.
Dunn was charged with murder. Dunn was still in the Bell County Jail Wednesday on a $1 million bond.
Two of Cosme’s children spoke about their favorite memories and how their father raised them. To both Kevin Cosme and Luis Cosme II, their father was a big kid inside who loved video games.
The elder Cosme’s love of video games is Kevin Cosme’s favorite memory.
“He would play my favorite video game with me,” Kevin Cosme, 25, said of his father.
“Battlefield 3” is Kevin’s favorite video game.
“We’d trade turns, because it wasn’t multiplayer,” he said of how he and his father played the game together.
Luis Cosme II, 27, said his father made him into a better man. He wanted to follow his father’s footsteps with a career in the Army, and the elder Cosme steered his son toward a career in the Air Force.
“He guided me toward a better future,” the Air Force staff sergeant said.
To the oldest son, everybody looked up to his father.
“He would make me into a better man,” Luis Cosme II said.
The elder Cosme’s ex-wife, Rebecca Parrish, said he was a man who loved to help people.
“He was an excellent man,” Parrish said. “He would give the shirt off his back to anybody.”
Luis Cosme II echoed Parrish’s sentiment, saying that his father could never say “no” if people needed something.
“No words describe how humble and open-hearted he was,” Luis Cosme said, who referred to his father as “a true gentleman.”
Funeral services for Cosme took place Monday in Houston. He was laid to rest with full military benefits at the Houston National Cemetery.