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One year later, friends remember murdered musician

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Darryl Stipes is buried at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania.

It's been one year since he was found murdered.

Friends still mourn Darryl's death, especially tough because his killers are still on the loose.

That's why they gathered Sunday at his grave site, which has a stone with a picture of Darryl on his motorcycle with the words 'Gone Riding.'

"God fearing, all giving man. He'd give you the shirt off his back," said Darryl's former band mate Mike Smith.

Darryl touched the lives of many through his music.

He was drummer over the years with such bands as Gypsy Wind, The Tribe and Josh Boyd and the VIP Band.

"He was part of what I consider Toledo rock royalty and one of the most prolific, well known drummers in the city of Toledo," added another former band mate, John McAfee.

But Darryl's music was silenced on June 21, 2012.

Darryl was robbed, shot and killed by two men at his Sylvania Township home.

Township police have made no arrests.

"I can't even explain how frustrating it is. It's just amazing that no one knows anything and no one has the heart to come forward and say, 'We know something.' They don't even have to give their name," said Dee Lynn of the group Justice for Darryl.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the group to find his killers.

Later this summer, a poker run will be held.

Money raised will be added to the reward fund.

"And we gotta find justice. We gotta find these people because if they did this to him, what if they do this to someone else?," said Ms. Lynn.

Any tips in the case can be phoned into the Sylvania Township Police at 419-882-2055.

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