MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “All we know is right now he was murdered and we can’t find the person who did it,” Raymond Jones said.
A Mid-South family is in mourning after police reported Memphis Pastor Don Smith was shot and killed Saturday.
“We’re still trying to put pieces together of what actually happened that caused his death,” Jones said.
Smith was the pastor at Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church in Whitehaven.
His body was found lying beside a pond on Hickory Hill.
Officers said Smith was pronounced dead on the scene.
“We were just in disbelief,” Alandria Williams-Ware said. “We couldn’t understand why somebody would want to do something, or something this tragic would happen to us. We just had no clue.”
Smith’s wife and daughters shared some of the same memories as other family members.
“He was the type of person that would give you anything you asked for, give him your last,” Williams-Ware said.
“The shirt off his back. Anything,” Alice Howard added.
If Pastor Smith wasn’t on the pulpit, family members said he could be found spending time in the kitchen.
“Sundays, we compared dinners on Sundays. He’d call me, I’d call him. We’d trade our food,” Howard recalled.
Just like his cooking, family and friends said being in the same presence as Smith could warm your soul.
As Smith’s family plans his funeral, they’re not holding a grudge against whoever killed their loved one.
However, they are still looking for answers and closure.
“As a family we’re already forgiving this person, but we want justice served,” Jones said.
Pastor Smith’s funeral will be held at the Golden Gate Cathedral on Saturday, November 8, at 11 a.m.
The wake will be held on Friday between 4 and 7 p.m.