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Suspect could face death penalty if convicted of killing co-worker

Peter Ortiz may face the death penalty if found guilty of murder. (Source: Alliance Police Department) Peter Ortiz may face the death penalty if found guilty of murder. (Source: Alliance Police Department)
Akira Kirksey was killed by a coworker at the Blue Fig on Wednesday, October 1. (Source: Facebook) Akira Kirksey was killed by a coworker at the Blue Fig on Wednesday, October 1. (Source: Facebook)
ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) -

Investigators say two co-workers got into an argument at The Blue Fig restaurant in Alliance

Now one is dead and the other is facing a possible death sentence.

The suspect, 56-year-old Peter Ortiz, attended his first hearing from jail via video.

Ortiz could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering 26-year-old Akira Kirksey.

"He wanted to be a rap artist like a lot of young men. He really had talent and it was unfortunate we live in a place great artists don't get recognized," says Akira's aunt, Carrie Barwick.

Police say Peter Ortiz and Akira got into an argument. Ortiz went home. Came back with a gun hidden in his coat. Pulled it out and shot Akira four times.

Akira's Family now deeply touched with senseless violence has a message for those turning to violence.

"Love each other. Nothing, no matter what, is that deep to take someone's life. It you need time to get through something time. Time heals all and love will conquer all of this," says Barwick.

 Ortiz back in court October 10th for a Preliminary Hearing.

Akira's family has set up a memorial fund with Buckeye State credit union.

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