The 19-year-old son of a man brutally killed in his Navarre home Sunday night needs help paying to bury his father. John Hendricks, along with the suspect’s girlfriend, Samantha Huffman, were found dead in his Bob White Circle home by Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies. Hendricks’ stepson, Courtney “Cory” Howell, has been charged with murder, according to his SRSO arrest report. His son, Cody Hendricks’, learned about this father’s death from a friend who saw early reports of the incident on a media outlet. “One of his friends called him and asked him if he’d talked to his dad,” said Cody’s girlfriend, Kathryn Graham of Pensacola. Not since this morning, Cody replied. You should call him, the friend said, and told Cody what he’d heard. Cody and Graham went to the Navarre home where they waited for about three hours to find out what had happened. Now, it falls on Cody to raise funds to cremate his father and hold a service. Graham created a GoFundMe page to help with the cause. About $1,200 of the $4,000 goal had been donated as of early Tuesday evening. Cody said his dad was a hard-working honest man who always made sure everyone was OK before himself. He was a good friend to many and well respected by all. “We always were finding new adventures to explore and endure together,” Cody said. “We loved building houses and working on properties. “Not a day went by we didn’t call each other just to check up and talk,” he added. “We were best friends and had an amazing father and son relationship that was inseparable.” At the time of his father’s death, Cody had been living with Graham in Pensacola. He’d moved out early in the summer, in part to escape Howell and the issues going on in the home at the time. Hendricks had taken in Howell, Huffman, and Howell’s three children, the oldest of whom is the same age as Cody. Cody went home every few weeks to spend a few days there and had last talked to his dad on Saturday, the day before he was killed. Cody’s mom, Melanie, had died of cancer about 10 years earlier. “He’s with his wife now in such a better place looking over everyone and watching out for everyone like he did here,” the GoFundMe reads, in part. “His legacy will always live on through Cody …”. Click HERE for Go Fund Me.
Editors note: The goal of $4,000 has been reached.