Vigil planned in Hubbard to remember shooting victim

A vigil is scheduled in Hubbard, Ohio to honor murder victim Cody Pitts.

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Hubbard High School for Cody Pitts, the 2007 graduate who was gunned down over the weekend on a city street.

The murder of Pitts, 26, on Saturday morning has rocked the small town of Hubbard. Police are working around the clock to find the person responsible.

“It does not feel real yet. I am waiting to wake up,” said Rich Perline, who taught and coached Pitts.

He said Pitts had an infectious smile.

“He would just kind of look at you and even if your day was not going good, you would see him, he would hit you with that smile and it would all just kind of turn around,” Perline said.

Pitts was well liked in high school and played basketball and football and ran track. Former coach Rod Greenamyer said he was one of those guys that kids gravitated to.

“He is just one of those guys who came to practice, worked hard in games. You could always count on him and he was a good teammate,” Greenamyer said.

Pitts was No. 86 on the gridiron, where he was a tight end. His coaches said he was a talented athlete.

“I can remember the one against Liberty. He didn’t even know what he was supposed to do and he ends up catching the pass, turns it up field, picks up some yardage, kind of gives me this look. I said ‘hey, keep it going. You’re doing a great job, kid.’,” Greenamyer said.

Pitts’ love of sports may have come from his father Al, who was a star center for Michigan State and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1978.

Friends said he was a die-hard Michigan State fan and was someone that everyone liked.

A candlelight vigil has been set for 8 p.m. Thursday at the scene where Pitts was killed at the corner of Orchard Avenue and North Main Street in Hubbard. People who plan to attend the vigil are asked to wear green and white to honor Pitts’ love of Michigan State University.

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