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61-year-old Miami Gardens man shot, killed while mowing lawn

Curtis Smith, 61, shown in this photo from the Miami Gardens Police Department, was found shot and killed in the area of NW 167th Street and NW 17th Avenue in Miami Gardens on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Curtis Smith, 61, shown in this photo from the Miami Gardens Police Department, was found shot and killed in the area of NW 167th Street and NW 17th Avenue in Miami Gardens on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Courtesy of Miami Gardens Police Department

A 61-year-old man was killed Tuesday as he mowed the lawn of his Miami Gardens home, and police are asking the public for help in solving the crime.

Curtis Smith, 61, was at his home in the 17600 block of Northwest 14th Avenue when the shooting happened just before 12:30 p.m.

Surveillance video shows the crime happening and at least one young gunman running away, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

After the shooting there were at least three yellow markers near bullet casings next to a lawn mower.

“He was cutting his grass, as he often did on his days off," neighbor Key Gray told the station. "He was such a nice man. This was very sad."

Miami Gardens Police Spokesman Det. Michael Wright said there was no clear motive, and it was not clear if there was more than one person was involved.

Anyone with information can contact Miami Gardens Police Homicide Detective C. Pacheco at 305-474-1583 or 954-770-4856 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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