Canton family's picnic focuses on solving father's murder on 10-year anniversary of his death

Mike Board was beaten to death on July 19, 2003

CANTON, Ohio - Robin Board's emotional pain never goes away. She just finds way to manage her anguish.

On the 10-year anniversary of her husband's murder, Board's coping mechanism involved organizing a big picnic at Stadium Park in Canton.

"It would have very hard to cope with today without having family and friends around. I don't know what it is about the 10-year mark," Board said.

The cookout was appropriate because Mike Board loved to make food on the grill. The gathering also kept his memory burning while sending a message to the community that his killer is still on the streets.

"It sure would be nice to know what happened, just to have a little bit of closure in our life," said Shaun Board, the couple's son.

According to relatives, Mike Board, 48, went to The Friendly Corner Tavern for drinks on July 19, 2003. But shortly after he left the bar, Mike Board was robbed, beaten and run over, his wife said.

His body was found at the intersection of Navarre Road and Stark Avenue SW.

Robin Board said there have been many rumors and names associated with the killing, but detectives haven't made any arrests.

"There's no closure. It was just like he was gone and he was the heart of the family," she said.

Family members said Mike Board was a self-employed truck driver, and was very devoted to his wife and four children.

At Friday's picnic, Shaun Board taped a poster, bearing his dad's name on it, to a pavilion and delivered a message to the killer.

"I want them to definitely know what they did to us and we're still hurting today," he said.

The family is planning a balloon launch at 7 p.m. Friday in the area where Mike Board was killed.

Anyone with information on the unsolved killing is asked to call the Canton Police Department.

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