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About Cody

The rock

Cody kneels in front of the Sigma Alpha Mu rock, at the apartment on Groveland Avenue, the day he moved in. August 2005

Cody was a sophomore at NC State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his freshman year on campus in Sullivan Hall but pledged the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity in the Spring of 2005. He was invited to join the organization and moved into the fraternity housing located on Groveland Avenue in Raleigh, directly across from campus. The house was a duplex apartment that was not officially recognized as a fraternity house. (Low membership had forced the fraternity to move off campus.) Each side of the dwelling housed four fraternity brothers, with one living in the basement on each side and three occupying rooms on the second floors.

apartment before fire

Cody’s building before the fire.

Cody was a sophomore at NC State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his freshman year on campus in Sullivan Hall but pledged the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity in the Spring of 2005. He was invited to join the organization and moved into the fraternity housing located on Groveland Avenue in Raleigh, directly across from campus. The house was a duplex apartment that was not officially recognized as a fraternity house. (Low membership had forced the fraternity to move off campus.) Each side of the dwelling housed four fraternity brothers, with one living in the basement on each side and three occupying rooms on the second floors.

codys room

Cody’s Room

Cody marched to the beat of a drum most of us never heard. He lived a straight edge life, refusing to participate in alcohol consumption, drug use or smoking cigarettes. He did not buckle under peer pressure and he did not judge the people around him who chose a different way of life. His main concern was their safety. He was always available for them as a driver or a confident, whatever was needed.

He attended NC School of Science and Math his junior and senior years of high school and knew that academia was his strong point. Attending NC State was a golden opportunity that he appreciated and thrived at. He was proud and thrilled to be invited to join Sigma Alpha Mu and could not wait to join his brothers at the fraternity house. As parents, we were pleased and proud as well that he had bloomed into a sensitive, happy, industrious young man.

Dylan Cody Pilkington

“A million times we’ve needed you, a million times we’ve cried. If Love alone could save you, you would have never died.”

His Nana and Pa nicknamed him Cody Blue because of his eyes. Just like his dad’s, they were as blue as the sky. At his funeral, we played “Sweet Child of Mine” by Sheryl Crow who sings: “He’s got eyes of the bluest sky and if they thought of rain; I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain. His smile reminds me of a warm, safe place where as a child I’d hide. I’d pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by. Oh -oh -oh sweet child of mine. Oh-oh-oh sweet love of mine.”

Throughout his life, we called him Blue, Blue Boy or Cody Blue. Some called him Code-man. His mom called him Baby Boy.

Our loss is deep and heartbreaking. The contributions he could have made to our society will be forever unknown; but whatever plans God has for him, we know he will excel.

 

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