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Cooper family: Time to begin healing

Updated: March 7, 2009, 1:19 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The family of NFL player Marquis Cooper says it has decided to discontinue its search for the 26-year-old man and two friends still missing in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a statement released Friday, Bruce Cooper said his family is beginning the healing process, and needs time to be together and remember his son. Cooper described his son as a great father and husband.

"We are staying prayerful," Bruce Cooper said, according to The Tampa Tribune. "One day the ...

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