Miami-Dade County

July 17, 2013

Family of Miami man robbed and killed seeks community’s help

Marcus Vaughin Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, was outside helping workers put up windows at his mother-in-law’s house.

Miami police still are searching for two gunmen who robbed and killed a man working outside his mother-in-law’s home.

The family of Marcus Vaughin Smith, 58, spoke at Miami-Dade police headquarters Wednesday, pleading for someone in the community to come forward with information that would help police find the killers.

“My husband of 30 years has been taken away from us and we want that person to be brought to justice,” said a somber Carla Smith.

Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, had been retired for four years and was just beginning to travel with his family, his wife said. His sons, Justin, 21, and Chris, 27, described their father as loving and “always willing to go out his way to help others.”

“He was strict at times, of course, but he was very loving and always supportive of our decisions,” Chris Smith said.

The family said Smith was overseeing a window installation project at his mother-in-law’s home, 549 NW 44th St. He was helping the workers who were in and out of the home when two men walked up shortly after 2 p.m.

The robbers shot Smith, who staggered a few feet away and collapsed. The pair grabbed his watch, cash and other valuables and fled on foot.

Smith was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The police and family don’t know whether Smith may have been targeted.

“I can’t put myself in the heads of the monsters that did this,” said Carla Smith. “I don’t know what their reasoning was.”

The two gunmen are believed to be in their 20s with thin builds. One was wearing a red striped shirt, the other a black hoodie.

Police are withholding further description and other details as the investigation is ongoing, but urged the community to serve the Smith family as Marcus Smith did for decades.

“He gave 30 years to this community and it’s time for this community to give back to him,” detective Ezra Washington said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477.

Miami Herald photographer Emily Michot contributed to this report.

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