FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- This has been a heartbreaking year for so many families across the Fort Wayne area. The number of homicides in Fort Wayne has hit an all time high, leaving many wondering when the violence will stop.
The mother of the latest victim is speaking out after her son was gunned down in an alley near East State Boulevard. 22-year-old Codi Allen McCann’s death was ruled the county’s 47th homicide of 2016.
“Codi was a beautiful soul,” said Stacey Davis, his mother. “There wasn’t anyone he wouldn’t help. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.”
Fort Wayne Police were called at 10 p.m. Tuesday to a parking lot near East State Boulevard and California Avenue and found him shot to death. Now his mother, sister, and high school sweetheart say they are struggling to deal with the the aftermath of another senseless crime.
“Somebody took my best friend away from me and I can’t get that back,” said Rebecca Brewer, his girlfriend. “I just keep waiting for him to walk through the door.”
According to his family, McCann was born and raised in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Northrop High school which is where he met, Brewer, the love of his life. McCann and Brewer have dated for the past 4 years. His older sister Lynsee Davis said he had a sense of humor like you wouldn’t believe.
“You [had to] laugh when you were around him,” she said. “He wanted to make you laugh and make you feel good. We’re all devastated because he was just such a big part of our lives.”
Despite his love for making people smile, McCann’s mother said life wasn’t always perfect.
“Of course he made bad choices,” she said. “What 22-year-old doesn’t? But the choices he made didn’t define him.”
Davis said McCann was looking toward a better future. He just started a job at UPS and had plans to attend college. Now, his family is left wondering what could have been.
“So many things that he could have… and would have done,” Stacey Davis said. “But he can’t now.”
It is still unclear why he was in the parking lot and we still don’t know who shot him. But his family looking for answers and hoping.
“It’s not worth it to take somebody’s life for any reason,” said Lynsee Davis.
“I want to say that the violence has to stop,” McCann’s mother added. “No more kids should be getting killed like this.”
McCann’s family has set up a GoFundme account to raise money for funeral expenses. If you would like to help click here.