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Family, friends remember Brittany Stykes at vigil
BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Dave Dodson should have been celebrating his birthday with his daughter, Brittany Stykes, on Thursday evening, August 28th, 2014.
Instead, he and his wife came to the roadside where her life ended a year ago. Brittany was expecting a baby boy.
"Today is no longer my birthday. Today is more Brittany's, every year it will be about Brittany," Dodson said
The person who shot Brittany also shot her young daughter, Aubree, in the head. She survived.
"It really takes a coward to shoot a one-year-old," Dave Dodson said.
Mary Dodson said her granddaughter brings her comfort, "When I have Aubree at the house and we're loving her and she's yelling Mama and Papa there's a little bit of Brittany there. She's our sunshine," said Dodson.
Thursday evening, many people gathered on the side of State Route 68. A cross now marks the spot where Stykes's life ended. The loss of a young mother to murder shook the community. Paramedics and the AirCare crew that flew Brittany to University Hospital came to remember her.
The Dodsons and some of Brittany's friends wore black t-shirts that were embroidered with a heart with wings marked "Brittany & Baby". The design is similar to a necklace that Brittany wore every day. Samantha Lacy had the shirts made.
"When we wear these shirts in public, maybe somebody can come by and see these shirts and say, 'Hey, was this the girl that was shot on 68? We have some information,'" Lacy said.
Detective Buddy Moore said some people have come forward with information. But there are people who will not talk. Moore does not believe Brittany was the intended target that night. She was driving her husband's Jeep. Shane Stykes did not attend the vigil for his wife Thursday.
Mary Dodson hopes that people who do have information will start talking.
"If they have any decency, any dignity and if they guard their soul at any amount then they'll come forward and they'll say something. And if they don't, they will have to say something on judgment day," Dodson said.
Anyone with information about Brittany Stykes's murder can call Crime Stoppers. The number is 352-3040.
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