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April 8, 2014

Kodi Beckles mourned by family, peers


“I have spoken with the head of fraternities and sororities,” Chatlos continued, “who are already in touch with the national society for (Alpha Delta Phi). They’re going to be assisting.

“It’s going to be a remarkable network of support, but in an impossibly difficult time, we’ll be as good at this as we can.” 

David Damiani, a Student Association representative at SUNY Plattsburgh, didn’t know Beckles well, though they had had a few short conversations. 

But he felt deep sorrow for the Beckles’s family.


On Facebook, family and friends honored the young man’s memory by posting his photo as their profile image, among them Kodi’s father, Michael.

On the page of Kodi’s mother, Cheryl Thompson Beckles, Delarno Lewis wrote: “My heart is broken today at the loss of my dear nephew Kodi. “Yet through the tears will I sing praises to The Lord my God.”

“Today my nephew’s body was found, in the woods,” Claudette Lewis-Smith wrote on Monday afternoon. “To date no one can tell us why this intelligent college freshman lost his life. 

“My brother, his wife and the rest of our family are hurting. We need answers, we need prayers.......Kodi was a wonderful young man, he was a light in my brother’s eyes. We loved him so much. Please help me to pray this hurt and pain away.....R.I.P Kodi, aunti will love you forever.”


Haynes, together with college administration, is putting together a vigil for Kodi set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Angell College Center’s Amitie Plaza on Rugar Street. 

Haynes will serve as emcee and is organizing speakers for the event, which, he noted, is intended to be a positive occasion. 

“We just want to celebrate his life and celebrate his existence on this earth the way that he would want us to do it,” he said. 

— Contributing Writer Amy Heggen assisted with this report.


A vigil is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Angell College Center's Amitie Plaza on Rugar Street on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.


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