Norton Shores mother demands justice after son’s death

NORTON SHORES, Mich. – Tina LaPorte is making a plea to catch her son’s killer nearly five months after he was shot and killed in Norton Shores.

"I guess they just wanted his money," says LaPorte. "I don't know why they had to shoot him three times," says Tina LaPorte, mother of Cody LaPorte.

"He was getting ready for work, and somebody knocked on the door, and he let them in, and he went in his bedroom," she remembers.

Cody died just a week after turning 23. His friends are supporting his mother, wearing shirts displaying his face in a show of solidarity.

They demand justice for what happened.

"Even if you're going to rob somebody, why you got to kill them?” asked Michael McDermott, one of Cody’s friends. “What gives you the right to take somebody's life?"

With no arrests in the case, the past few months have been stressful for LaPorte, but she's hopeful police will find those responsible.

Norton Shores Police are searching for two suspects and are hopeful that when DNA results come back from the crime lab, they will catch a break in the case.

If anyone has any information that may help the investigation, anonymously call Silent Observer at 231-722-7463 or post a tip, or call the Norton Shores Police Department 231-733-2691.

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