Hundreds mourn Jimmy Armillotta

About 500 people turned out to mourn Jimmy Armillotta, the young local man who was slain in Cold Lake, Alta., on October 14.

The crowd of mostly young people filled Mountain View Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday for the funeral.

According to his obituary, Jimmy was born in New Westminster in 1983 and had been a resident of Revelstoke for the past 20 years.  He was a fun, outgoing generous man who lived to help others. Jimmy spent countless hours reading side by side with his mom, fishing, playing baseball and hockey, cooking and taking over any barbeque he was around. His joyful personality made him a natural pick for emcee at his friend’s weddings. He had an infectious laugh that made any bad situation turn into a good one.  He was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed by all.

Jimmy and Fil Kedzior, a 21-year-old police said had family in Revelstoke, were shot to death in a rural home near Cold Lake. Their accused killer is another young Revelstoke man, Brandon Cruickshank. He is to appear in court on October 27.

The slayings have shocked and traumatized Revelstoke.