KAMLOOPS — Family and friends are describing Kamloops' first homicide victim of 2017 as someone of strong character who loved the outdoors and was committed to his work and his family.
56 year old Stephen Fraser was arrested at the scene and has been charged with second degree murder.
Cody's sister Dana Foster says they grew up in an extremely close family and, along with their sister Nikki, all three siblings were home-schooled.
Dana says Cody had a lust for life, and especially the outdoors.
"He loved everything. He loved nature, hiking, gold panning, he loved fishing - oh, did he love fishing," said Dana Foster.
"He was the most wonderful person you could ever have met. Anyone who ever met him had a smile on their face. He left a good impression. He brought so much joy. He was so compassionate, caring, and non-judgmental about everybody in the world."
"There are no words. Devastation and loss don't cover it. It's terrible and senseless, and we can't even begin to describe the loss."
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Cody Foster worked at Adwood Manufacturing on Shuswap Road for two years prior to his death.
Foster's manager Mike Adam says the young man was one of his favourite employees.
"A young man of extremely solid character. He was always exceptionally honest with us. He had the ability to brighten days when they were bad with a very wonderful sense of humour. An exceptional teacher to staff, as far as training them how to do their jobs correctly. He was only with us for two years, but it was two wonderful years and he is definitely going to be missed," said Adam.
"He loved to router and shape handles for a bunch of different crate products we make for retailers across North America. He was probably the hardest working young man I have ever employed."
Adwood employs about 60 people.
Adam says the staff are still finalizing how they will memorialize Foster.
"We're building a plaque to go at the station where he used to work, so that he will be remembered on our floor."
Adam adds the staff was shocked to hear of Foster's death.
"How do you make sense of something that is absolutely senseless? There are no words for it."
The accused, Stephen Fraser, was formerly employed by Adwood, but Adam said he hasn't worked there "in some time."
Fraser's next court appearance is scheduled for March 2 at the Kamloops courthouse.
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