|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1992|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 2011|
age: 19 yrs 5 mos 7 days
Father: Kent Myers
Mother: Susan Myers
The body that was found in the woods in the mid-Willamette Valley area Tuesday night was identified as missing Oregon 19-year-old Cody Myers.
Earlier Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol arrested David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, north of Sacramento in Myers' car. He vanished during a trip to Newport on October 3.
The pair are also suspected in the murder of Pedersen's stepmoter. Leslie Pedersen, 69, was found dead in her Everett, Washington mobile home on Sept 29. Pedersen's father, David Jones Pedersen, went missing three days before that.
The body of Reginald Alan Clark, 53, was found in Eureka, California.
April 24, 1992 - October 4, 2011
LAYAFETTE - Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sat., Oct. 15, 2011, at Clackamas Comm. College Niemeyer Center. Unger Funeral Chapel.
OREGON CITY — Cody Myers loved three things: God, his family and music. In that order.
His family and friends described him Saturday as a humble, smiling devout Christian who got along with anyone he met. He was a gifted guitar player who loved sharing his talent with the world — as a performer and as a teacher.
Myers was shot and killed two weeks ago, when police say he came into contact with two white supremacists on the run from the law and in need of a car. He encountered his killers in Newport, Ore., police say, where he'd gone alone to take in a jazz festival near the Pacific Ocean. David "Joey" Pedersen and Holly Grigsby have admitted involvement in his killing, and they remain jailed in California.
In a memorial service with 350 guests, Myers' friends in the music school at Clackamas Community College described a talented musician with an unmatched work ethic.
"His future, folks, was going to be bright," said Chris Garcia, a 40-year-old music student who chose Myers after an agonizing search for the perfect guitar player to join an ensemble. "He was on his way."
Myers was 19, less than half Garcia's age, yet the pair developed a deep friendship grounded in respect for music and for one another. Garcia admired Myers' work ethic, his long hours spent practicing and learning.
Often, Garcia said, Myers would get so caught up jamming with his friends that he'd miss the last bus home — a 90-minute journey to Lafayette from the school in Oregon City. Sometimes Myers would stay the night in Garcia's tiny apartment. But other days he'd insist on rolling out a sleeping bag and spending the night behind some bushes on campus, just to make sure he'd be in class on time the next morning.
Before he died, Myers told his family he wanted to help low-income children share his passion for music. Committed to seeing Myers' dream, even if he can't, his family has established the Cody Myers Musical Outreach Foundation to help underprivileged children get access to musical instruments, supplies and training. They're collecting donations at U.S. Bank locations.
This is from the Oregonian Newspaper
A memorial for Cody Myers, the 19-year-old from Lafayette killed Oct. 1, will be held Saturday afternoon at Clackamas Community College, where he attended classes.
The service, which is open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. in the Niemeyer Center Building, located at 19600 Molalla Ave in Oregon City, his family announced today.
The teen's family will be in attendance and are expected to speak, along with Bill Briare, the dean of arts and sciences at Clackamas Community College. Members of the audience will also be invited to share stories about Myers.
Family members requested that flowers and cards be sent to Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. The funeral home will deliver the items to the memorial.
"This is what we know."
That's how Brittany Klein, Cody Myers' sister, began the Facebook appeal for help in finding her brother last week. When she only knew he was missing.
We know a little more now.
Somewhere on the road between his home in Lafayette and his weekend at the Newport Jazz Festival, Myers crossed paths on Oct. 1 with David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Grigsby.
Pedersen -- a 31-year-old white supremacist who has spent half his life in prison -- and his drug-addled girlfriend eventually drove off in Myers' white Plymouth Breeze.
Myers, 19, was shot in the head and chest and left to die in the woods west of Philomath.
While we can readily imagine that freak exchange, no one has yet pieced together what happened in the final moments of Cody Myers' life.
The Oregonian's continuing coverage of the death of Cody Myers.
He was 6-foot-4. A solid 220 pounds. He wasn't headed to Somalia or Mexico, but to hear Terell Stafford, Monty Alexander and the Jeff Hamilton Trio at the Oregon coast. The weekend didn't shape up, in other words, as one of the many occasions that inspire moms to remind their children that evil has been loosed upon the world:
Never give anyone your credit card or bank information.
Stop posing with that Grey Goose on your Facebook page.
Don't talk to strangers.
But those who loved the guy -- quite the crew, it seems -- knew something had spun dangerously out of control when he failed to check in with his mother, Susan, and that white Plymouth was spotted weaving down Interstate 5.
"None of this," Brittany Klein wrote when Cody was simply missing, "is like my brother."
He was reliable. He was faithful. And he was absolutely certain that he was called to confess what he believed to everyone who crossed his path.
"Cody was a humble, respectful and kind young man with a strong faith in Jesus Christ, which he shared with me soon after we met," Tom Wakeling -- chairman of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College, where Myers took classes -- said in a statement.
"He wanted to go into music ministry. He won my respect and admiration early on, and I will miss him greatly."
As the burial procession forms, so will the line of questions about how justice and Cody's memory are best served.
This is what we know.
The sleazeballs in this story will get most of the press in the coming months.
At pivotal intersections, life and death come off as painfully random.
And all the prayers now circling Myers' family will not fill the void he leaves behind.
I don't know whether this gentle, confident 19-year-old was surprised at an isolated rest stop or if he pulled to the side of the road because he thought he saw someone in trouble.
But I believe this: He loved music, he loved God and long before he stumbled into harm's way, he decided to trust in the joy and mercy of both.
Ignoring strangers -- even those with racist tattoos and needle tracks -- didn't square with that trust.
Neither did fear of the dark. The overcast of an autumn night or those shadows beyond the grave.
The above info given by Marie Brough 10-16-2011
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77626985
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