Man Who Killed R&B Singer Cedrick Cotton Charged With Murder

Cedrick “Swab” Cotton, a member of the R&B group Ideal, released multiple chart topping singles. Such as “Creep Inn,” “Get Gone,” and “Whatever” featuring Lil Mo. Ideal released their self-titled debut album in 1999 via Virgin Records.

Authorities say Andre Ford stabbed 46-year-old Cotton at the Fondren Food Mart in Houston, Texas, on February 9th. Cotton’s mother, Delores Floyd, said that her son would visit the store daily and never caused trouble to anyone there.

“He’d ride his little bike, go there, get a quick cigarette. The next thing I know, I get this call, and I heard people … ‘He comes here every day. He doesn’t bother anybody. He’s a good guy,” Floyd said.

An anonymous tip led police to Ford, who was arrested on March 1st. He has since been charged with murder. According to a Houston Police press release, the two men engaged in an argument inside the store, which ultimately led to the stabbing. However, it is unclear what sparked the disagreement.

As news of the stabbing spread, onlookers gathered at the store, eager to see who had been murdered in hopes that they didn’t know the victim. One of the spectators was William King, who was Cottons uncle.

“I saw him just lying there. I couldn’t do nothing but just cry last night,” King revealed.

In the years since the groups released their album, “Ideal,”  it appears that Cotton kept a low profile, though his Instagram bio does indicate that he was a writer and music producer. His Instagram page also includes throwback clips of performances and appearances with his fellow group members.

Floyd is relieved that her son’s killer has been caught and praises law enforcement for working hard to bring Cotton justice.

“They really stayed on the case, 17 days, and he was caught! Awesome.” Cedrick Cotton leaves behind a 21-year-old son who has not spoken out publicly. 

Author: Precious Gibson