Family puts up reward to find victim’s killer

HUBBARD – It’s been less than three months since 26-year-old Cody Pitts was found dead of a gunshot wound on Orchard Avenue. Now the family is putting up a $3,000 reward to find his killer.

Hubbard police Detective Sgt. David Oaks released no information on the status of the investigation into the former track and football player.

The money was supplied to Crime Stoppers by Pitts’ family and will be awarded in return for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Pitts’ death.

Pitts was last seen at 2:35 a.m. March 27 walking from the Downtown Coffee Cafe, North Main Street. He had spent a few hours with friends and may have been the last patron to leave, police said. He walked through the parking lot while wearing a gray hoodie and a brown stocking cap.

Less than an hour later, a passer-by reported a man was lying face-down on Orchard Avenue and responding officers found Pitts deceased. Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk reported days later Pitts was murdered. He died of a gunshot wound to his head and neck.

Police have released very few details about the investigation. No arrests have been made and no possible motive for the shooting has been disclosed.

At the time of his death, Pitts belonged to Laborers Union Local 125 Youngstown. He was a 2007 graduate of Hubbard High School. His funeral was held in the school’s gymnasium.

Tipsters, anonymous or not, can reach Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE.