By RAYMOND L. SMITH
WARREN - Family members of murder victim Cory A. Blackwell gathered Wednesday evening to mark the one-year anniversary of his still unsolved death with a small candle light vigil at the site of the shooting.
Outside the former Sunset Lounge at 480 E. Market St. in downtown Warren, a small crowd gathered with candles to honor their loved one and encourage police to solve the murder as well as others that remain unsolved in the city.
"We just wanted do something to celebrate his life," said Tamara Blackwell, Cory's sister. "We wanted to honor the man he was."
The family placed a poster-sized photo on the window of the former bar that within the last year was converted to the Movement Church.
Some family members gave silent prayers as they passed around candles.
Tamara Blackwell hopes the person who shot her brother is identified, captured, put on trial and ultimately punished for the crime. It is through that process, she said, that the family can begin the move on.
"We are encouraging the police to solve this murder," she said.
Lillian Blackwell Carr, Cory's mother, attending the vigil, but decided not to speak.
Blackwell was shot shortly after 2 a.m., just hours into the new year on Jan. 1, 2013. He later died from his wounds at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
It was Blackwell's unsolved shooting, as well as other incidents surrounding the bar, that eventually led to its closing and the building being sold to the church.