Local family seeks answers after first homicide of 2018

WICHITA FALLS - As the fresh 48 closes for the year's first homicide, family members are still seeking answers to who killed a 29-year-old father on New Years day.

On Monday, police found Shannon Smith outside the Maureen Street Apartments on Ridgeway Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. Smith later died from his injuries and with his killer still not behind bars, family members are praying for closure soon.

"Around 2:30, the detectives were knocking at my door, looking for my aunt to tell her that her son was dead." It's a painful moment forever burned in the memories of Lataray Smith and her family, days after her cousin was shot and killed.

"For this to have happened there's no words," Smith said. "There's none to explain why this happened. Why it happened? Why it had to be him? You know, why?"

"We have no idea why. He didn't have problems with anybody," sister-in-law Kayla Strange said. "He stayed to himself and we're just at a loss for words and we don't understand why."

"He doesn't bother anybody," Smith said. "I mean, for somebody just to do that to him, take his life like that is very, very senseless."

Smith worked in the oil fields and his family says he  loved helping people and was a role model for his little cousins and nephews but he never lived  to see his first niece, now on the way.
"He was a very caring guy and he was someone that the kids looked up to a.nd would call and be happy to talk to," Strange said.

"I got teenagers and they loved wrestling with Shannon," cousin Shelana Smith said.

"Both of his brother's have little boys," Strange said. "So we were bringing the first little girl and he was so excited."

As the days go by with no end to the tears or questions, the family is just hoping someone who has some of the answers will come forward.

"Speak up. Say something," Smith said. "I mean, we're hurting for answers."

Police say if you have any information regarding Monday's homicide call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888. There is a $2700 reward through Jan. 9.

The family has also created a GoFundMe to help with Smith's funeral costs, which can be found here.

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