Vigil marks 1 year since unsolved Hubbard homicide

Cody Pitts was shot and killed last March after leaving the Downtown Coffee Café on Orchard Avenue.

Candlelight vigil held on Orchard Avenue in Hubbard in memory of homicide victim Cody Pitts.

HUBBARD, Ohio (WYTV) – A candlelight vigil was held in Hubbard Saturday evening to remember Cody Pitts, the 26-year-old who was murdered almost a year ago.

Around 100 people showed up on Orchard Avenue, the street where his body was found in March 2015.

He was killed after leaving the Downtown Coffee Café last March. The Trumbull County Coroner ruled Pitts’ death a homicide from a single gunshot wound to the head. The crime devastated his family and the entire community.

“I mean it’s unfathomable that in this little town, nothing’s been done,” Pam Kerola said.

This Monday marks the one year anniversary of his death. Saturday night’s was the second candlelight vigil in his memory.

Rick Alli of the greater Youngstown Crime Stoppers and John Bayuk, Pitts’ friend, spoke at the vigil. Both pledged to find justice.

“We get to come together once again, not just as friends, but to celebrate someone we miss and that we’ve lost,” Bayuk said.

“I’ve watched the supporters for this for the last year. They are strong, they are dilligent, they are not to be stopped,” Alli said.

Another one of Pitts’ friends, Ryan Mills, read a poem at the vigil. He says the murder needs to be solved, and is calling on the community.

“This community should have no job taking on a coward who hides behind a handgun. We shouldn’t.”

Luminaries were lit to remember Pitts, as well as his mother, who passed away in July.

“Justice for Cody” signs are still in people’s yards, Pitts is still in his loved ones’ thoughts, but questions surrounding his death remain.

“There is someone in this town who knows, there is someone,” Alli said.

Crime Stoppers continues to gather information linked to murder. No arrests have been made and the murder remains unsolved. There is a $20,000 reward for new information about Pitts’ killer.

If you know anything, please contact them at 330-746-2583.

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