Leesburg High School

Cody J. Fryhover, pictured wearing glasses, and Amiri Myers became friends while attending Leesburg High School in Florida. (Photo courtesy Rhonda Coffie D’Haiti)

It felt like another normal day for Amiri Myers. But a phone call with bad news changed everything. After finding out his best friend, Cody J. Fryhover, had been shot and killed, Myers said he ended the call immediately.

“I can’t really explain how it feels. It feels unreal. Just before that happened, I was talking to him, texting him, Snapchatting,” Myers said. “And the next day, I found out.”

Police said Fryhover, 21, who was a Luke Air Force Base airman, attempted to break into an Alta Camelback apartment at 4949 N. Seventh Street in Phoenix on August 18.

A tenant told authorities he shot the airman after Fryhover removed the patio door off its hinge and kicked the glass door. Fryhover was transported to a local hospital, where police said he was pronounced dead.

“Losing a member of the Air Force family is always difficult to come to terms with, no matter the situation, and I send my sincere condolences to Cody’s family and friends following this tragic situation,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing Commander, in a statement.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Candice Dillitte told The Glendale Star the incident is under investigation and Phoenix police are working with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

“Throughout that investigation, I think more details on what exactly transpired will come out,” Dillitte said.

Myers, who lives in Leesburg, Florida, and met Fryhover at Leesburg High School when they were freshmen, doesn’t believe his friend wanted to burglarize the apartment.

“That sounds like the Cody that would just be lost,” Myers said.

“This has happened before; people mistaking their apartments for another person’s apartment, and that’s how I see it, because Cody was, in no way, capable of thinking like that. He was never worried about another person’s belongings or another person’s ‘anything.’”

Rhonda Coffie D’Haiti, Myers’ mother, also speculates Fryhover’s actions were not intentional.

“That just doesn’t sit well with me at all. That was not the type of person he was. He had no reason to break in, rob anyone. Maybe he thought he was at his apartment, and when his key didn’t work, he was trying to get in thinking he was getting into his own apartment,” D’Haiti said.

D’Haiti, who said she considered Fryhover part of her family, remembers the airman as a “wonderful kid.”

“His personality. That smile,” she said, crying. “He always had a smile on his face, even if him and Amiri had a disagreement. It was like two brothers. He was outgoing, he was lovable, playful, a jokester.”

Myers doesn’t want Fryhover to be remembered as a burglar.

“I just want everyone to know that he is not the person that he may be seen to be. He’s a great person. He was determined. He tried to help me with all of my goals. He was there for my child; he was made the godfather of my son,” he said.

“I love the man to death, and if he did this out of any negative intention, I want to know who persuaded him, because he never ever had negative intentions.”

Fryhover was laid to rest on Monday, August 26, at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City, Michigan. A memorial is tentatively scheduled for the first week of September at Luke Air Force Base, Dillitte said.