- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams has announced that a park bench will be dedicated in honor of Thomas L. Cottingham, who was stabbed to death in Rodney Square while trying to protect a woman and her baby.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports (https://delonline.us/1RBCaUy) Williams announced Thursday that the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14 in Rodney Square.

The mayor’s spokeswoman Alexandra Coppadge says the bench will have a plaque memorializing Cottingham, and will sit in the vicinity of 10th and King Streets.

Authorities say that on Sept. 14, Calvin Hooker confronted a woman walking with her infant daughter, then pulled a knife and chased her around Rodney Square.

Police say Cottingham intervened between Hooker and the victims, and was stabbed repeatedly. He later died at a hospital.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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