Eight years later: Kristopher Mayle’s family still seeking justice after brutal murder


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(Photo: Kristopher Mayle’s dad consoles his granddaughter at a vigil held for the Canton man who was killed in 2015.)

Eight years later, Kristopher Mayle’s family is still seeking justice.

“If you know something, say something,” Mayle’s soon-to-be 18-year-old daughter Le’Azjah said. She was just 10 when her father was brutally murdered. “Because this just isn’t fair.”

Mayle was just 32 years old when he was murdered in cold blood in 2015, leaving behind a son, daughter and both parents.

“As many people knew him, we just can’t understand why nobody has come forward,” his father Howard Mayle said through tears. “He was a good person.”

Mayle was shot to death in Canton on March 15, 2015, according to Canton police detectives. Officers responded to 1401 Ohio Ave for reports of a shooting. When they arrived to the scene, they located Mayle unresponsive in the house with multiple gunshot wounds. The family dog, King, was also shot and killed.

“We just want somebody to be accountable for what they did to him. It was way over the top,” Howard said.

Kristopher Mayle’s mother died two years after her son’s death. The family said she died of a broken heart at just 60 years old.

Mayle’s family held a vigil at the cemetery where he is buried on Wednesday. Coming together, sharing memories and sharing who he was.

His daughter is a senior in high school this year. She doesn’t understand why her father was taken from earth.

“I’m turning 18. I have prom and graduation. I’m not understanding why he’s not here,” Le’Azjah said. “People know what happened, but nobody is saying anything.

His family says the 2000 GlenOak graduate was an avid softball player, a loving father and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need.

As the days pass by and leads come and go, Howard Mayle believes the person who killed his son knew him.

“There was no breaking and entering. He let them in,” he said. “He knew him.”

Despite all of the pain and grief Kristopher Mayle’s family has endured, Howard Mayle has found a way to forgive the person responsible for his son’s death.

“I just want to have somebody accountable for it. I’ve already forgiven them,” he said. “Because that’s the right thing to do.”

Detectives continue to work the cold case.

“We will continue to work hard to solve these crimes and we are asking for your help,” detectives stated in a press release.

Anyone with any information about any unsolved homicide is asked to contact the Canton Police Detective Bureau at (330) 489-3144. Anonymous tips can also be sent through Tip 411 at www.cantonohio.gov/police.