Miami-Dade police seek public’s help in finding alleged killer of elderly caregiver

Miami-Dade detectives are searching for a 20-year-old former Miramar High School student they say savagely beat his elderly caregiver to death last year.

Danei Washington Gordon has been on the lam since April, when he used a metal cooking pot to kill Neville Smith, 73, at their home on the 142000 block of Northeast Second Court, police say.

Gordon and his mom had been living with Smith since coming to Miami illegally from Jamaica in recent months. That day, Smith - tired of his unruly behavior and drug use - had confronted him and threatened to have him deported. Gordon grew angry and beat Smith to death, police say.

Smith, a retired Miami-Dade cab driver, had lived in Miami for more than three decades. In retirement, he played dominoes, watched daytime repeats of the western classic TV show Bonanza and doted over his toddler grandson, said his daughter, Joi Crockett, 36.

"He was a funny man, liked to laugh and was very carefree," Crockett said. "He lived modest and only needed the bare essentials."

Smith was also a provider, and often supported family and distant relatives back in Jamaica. Gordon was not blood, but was the son of a half-sister of one of Smith's daughters.

Authorities had been unable to find photos of Gordon until recently, when he began posting on the social media site Facebook. He sports a tattoo of a music clef on his right hand. Gordon is believed to be in the North Miami Beach or Miramar area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Miami-Dade homicide detectives at 305-471-2400, or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS. There is a $3,000 reward.

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