On the evening of January 16, 1997 Ennis William Cosby was shot while changing his tire on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California. His murder was Mikhail Markhasev an 18-year-old Ukrainian immigrant with a history of violence related to race. In 1995 he had attacked two African American men at knife point. He said he demanded Cosby’s money and when Ennis didn’t respond quickly enough he shot him in the head. Markhasev’s knit cap was found five miles from the murder seen. In it was wrapped the gun he used. DNA from the cap matched Markhasev’s and the bullet used to kill Cosby was matched to the gun. In 1998 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 10 years. Not sure how life plus 10 works? The Cosby family asked the prosecutors not to seek the death penalty. In 2001 Markhasev confessed via a handwritten letter to the Deputy Attorney General.
The Cosby Family established the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation In Ennis’ memory. The foundation stopped its work in 2008. In 2000, Bill Cosby started a scholarship in Ennis Cosby’s name at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania