Miami-Dade County

Teen arrested in Georgia in connection with man’s shooting death near Miami-Dade police station

With help from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bibb County Sherriff’s Office, a young man wanted in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old earlier this month was arrested Monday in Macon, Georgia.

Cordele Smith, 19, was charged with second-degree murder after police detectives say he shot and killed Santana Akins on Feb. 11 at Northwest 70th Street and 18th Avenue in Miami-Dade.

At about 2:40 p.m., units from Miami-Dade Police Department's Northside District heard gunfire and responded to investigate. There they found Akins with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at Ryder Trauma Center.

An investigation led them to Smith, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was tracked down in Georgia on Monday, according to police.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Akins’ funeral, Akins was protecting his mother from a bully. The page, set up by Juliet Williams, who identified herself as Akins’ aunt, has raised about $5,000.

“My nephew didn't die doing something wrong, he stood against a bully that was disrespecting his mom,” Williams wrote.

She described her nephew as “respectful, humble, friendly, a hard worker and had an attitude of gratitude that was out of this world.”