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Justice for Cody organizers sets fundraiser to increase reward to find killer


Published: Fri, September 11, 2015 @ 12:02 a.m.

By SARAH LEHR

slehr@vindy.com

HUBBARD

Monday marked six months since a passer-by found 26-year-old Cody Pitts dead near Orchard Avenue in the city.

Those who knew Pitts are refusing to let his memory – or the investigation into his death – fade.

Pitts’ body was found in the street about 3:30 a.m. March 7, a Saturday. The Trumbull County coroner ruled the death a homicide and said that Pitts had died from a single gunshot wound to the head and neck.

It was the first homicide in Hubbard since the 1990s.

In June, police announced a $3,000 reward, through the nonprofit agency Crime Stoppers, for anyone with information related to Pitts’ death. Since then, friends have been working to supplement that money.

“Justice for Cody” organizers have created a Kickstarter campaign online to raise money for the reward. So far, the group has raised more than $6,000, though they hope to eventually raise about $15,000, Pam Kerola said.

Kerola knew Pitts because her son played football with him at Hubbard High School.

The group also has raised funds via the sale of about 350 Justice for Cody signs.

Signs will be on sale Saturday at a Justice for Cody fundraiser at R.P. McMurphy’s Sports Bar & Grill at 1428 Standard Drive in Masury.

In honor of Pitts’ love of sports, the fundraiser centers on a cornhole tournament beginning at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is $40 per team. Registration at the door is $50 per team. To pre-register, contact mcmaietta@gmail.com or mark.dell56@gmail.com.

“Our biggest concern is that this [Pitts’ death] is going to just fade,” Kerola said. “His family doesn’t deserve that.”

Anyone with information relating to Pitts’ death should contact Crime Stoppers at 330-746-2583.


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