Memphis pastor Don Smith of Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church was found shot to death Saturday, his body discovered by a pond on Hickory Hill, reports WREG.com.
“All we know is right now he was murdered and we can’t find the person who did it,” Raymond Jones said.
“We’re still trying to put pieces together of what actually happened that caused his death,” Jones said.
So far, there are no suspects and the family can not think of a motive. They just voiced their disbelief that anyone would want to hurt Smith.
“The only thing I can see is my daddy trying to help someone in the middle of the night, which is something he would do,” Smith’s daughter, Whitney Smith, told FOX 13. “He was that kind of person – so helpful he seems naive sometimes, because he helped everybody… even when they shouldn’t be helped.”
Pastor Smith’s wallet and 2010 Buick Lacrosse were missing, Christian Today reports.
“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.”
“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.
Read more at WREG.com.