It has been one year since the death of Cody Myers, a Lafayette teen allegedly shot to death by two white supremacists.
Now, Cody's family is determined to turn his tragic death into something positive for the community. Their goal is to spread the joy of music, something Cody loved.
Prosecutors say Holly Grigsby and David Pedersen told them they killed Cody on a tri-state killing spree, spanning from Washington down to California. Their case has been slow to move through the federal court system.
"As soon as Sue, my stepmom, called me and said that Cody didn't come home, instantly I knew something was wrong," Cody's sister Brittany Klein said.
After days of desperate searching, Cody's body was found in the woods near Corvallis. Police said his car was found in California with Pederson and Grigsby.
"We all replay it in our mind like it's a movie or it's not something that really took place," Klein said.
Soon after the couple was arrested, police say they confessed to Cody's murder. Police also linked the couple to the death of Pedersen's father and stepmother and another man in California.
Pedersen and Grigsby are now facing murder charges in Portland's federal court. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Even though it's hard, Klein and her mother have been there for their court appearances.
"It's almost like it's not even real. I sit there and can't comprehend it. And, you know, it breaks my heart," Klein said. "Everything will happen the way it's supposed to and justice will be served and I'm confident in that."
Pedersen is already serving two life sentences for confessing to the murders in Everett.
Cody's legacy lives on today, through the Cody Myers Music Outreach Foundation. The foundation gives musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children.
Musicians like Chris Garcia donate their time to give free lessons.
"This is my foundation as much as the family's because I am a part of the family," Garcia said. "I see where Cody gets his, where he got his love and how he was in the community."
On Sunday, Oct. 21, the family is holding a benefit concert at the Trails End Saloon in Oregon City.
If you'd like to donate an instrument to the Cody Myers MusicOutreach Foundation, you can do so at the event or by visiting the foundation's website at http://www.codymyersfoundation.org.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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