ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A family still in mourning gathers to remember the Rockford man whose body was found in the Rock River earlier this month.
Family and friends of Roger Pitts, Jr. gathered at Shooter’s Bar and Grill for a memorial and benefit on Saturday. It was a chance to talk about the happy times spent with the fun loving brother and friend.
Pitts died earlier this month after his canoe flipped over in the Rock River. The days searching for his body were agonizing for his family, now they want to close that chapter of their lives by raising the funds to give his ashes a proper burial.
"He'll actually be buried with his mom and we want a joint headstone with his mom and his older brother,” says his sister Tynisha Clegg. “When someone so young passes away you’re not prepared for that and funerals are expensive nowadays."
“He was basically family and I would want someone to do it for me,” says family friend Chelsea Allen.
Pitts’ father says he still feels the loss as if it happened yesterday, missing the buddy who would work on cars with him, but this family says the comfort of friends is helping them overcome their grief.
The Winnebago County Coroner did an autopsy but says more tests need to be done before she can determine the exact cause of death in this case.
The family has started a Go Fund Me site to raise money to pay for a burial and headstone: http://www.gofundme.com/b9sey4