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VIDEO: Kody Ray's Family Reacts to James Duke Guilty Verdict

Norwich, N.Y. -- As James Duke was convicted Thursday of killing Hillcrest student Kody Ray, cameras were rolling on Ray's family in New York.

Norwich, N.Y. -- As James Duke was convicted Thursday of killing Hillcrest student Kody Ray, cameras were rolling on Ray's family in New York.

Read More: James Duke Convicted of Kody Ray Murder; Sentencing Nov. 30

Ray's mother learned of Duke's conviction in Norwich through a live video feed from Springfield. There were tears of joy and sadness.

"Happiness and sadness, you know we miss Kody but we're happy that the person who killed him is going to pay for it for the rest of his life," said Danica Capobianco, Kody Ray's sister.

Duke killed Kody Ray on his front porch in 2010 in Springfield. Duke was allegedly at the home to settle a score another man had with Ray.

"His confessions states he raised his hands and said 'no,no' and I shot him twice more is what the statement he gave. There's always a question of why whether we get the answer to that we'll never know," said Capobianco.

It's been a long journey for his mother Gina Capobianco, who makes an effort everyday to honor Kody's life.

"Remembering Kody comes with a beautiful blue sky and anytime you're feeling down you all of a sudden laugh and that's Kody because he made everybody laugh always."

Kody's spirit lives on in others, too. He saved five lives with six of his organs. Now his family and friends raise money and encourage others to be organ donors.

But, a void remains that will never be filled, according to those who knew him best.

"We didn't get to see him graduate and the hardest part about that is that another boy that is still on trial received his GED after quitting school. That hurt my heart big time," Gina Capobianco said.

"I definitely know he's be very, very happy to see his family and everyone he's loved so much around and supporting him and being by his side," said a friend of Kody's, Husain Abdushahid.

It's a bittersweet victory, and for Ray's family the battle is not over. Jordan Martin is also charged with 1st Degree Murder in Ray's death; a case review is scheduled for September 14.

Duke will be back in the courtroom at 2:30 p.m.November 30, 2012, for his formal sentencing.

                 
                   

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