Family members recall Cody Virgin, man found burned near Coolidge airport

Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 08:23:29-05

Conner Day was the last family member to see 25-year-old Cody Virgin alive.  

"He wrapped his arm around me and he hugged me tight and he said, 'Cousin I don't know what I'd do if I ever lost you," Day said through tears.

The two cousins had met for a drink on Mill Avenue when Cody told her he was off to meet a girl.

"He never mentioned a name, he just said 'I'm going to go to this bonfire in Arizona City with this girl," said Day.

Family members say Pinal County Sheriff's Office detectives told them the girl Virgin was meeting never existed and traced back to a fake Facebook profile. 

Detectives believe the profile was created by 26-year-old William Randolph. He was arrested and charged with murder even before Virgin's burned body was found near the Coolidge airport over the weekend. 

Day and sister Cissy Torres told ABC15 Virgin had formed a close relationship with Randolph's ex-wife at work, the jealousy of which could have led to his death. 

"You took my best friend away from me, you took a son, you took a brother, you took a cousin, you took an uncle, took one of the best people on this planet," Day says when asked what she would say to Randolph.

"We want to know if he suffered, because that's weighing heavy on all of us, because he's our little cousin," said Torres.

The two cousins vow to keep Virgin's memory alive and seek justice in court. 

"He was just unique in his own way, he had one of the biggest hearts," said Day.