The trail has gone cold for detectives investigating one of Richmond's 40 homicides this year. Police are still looking for information in the murder of Carter Smith.
Smith's murder on Ingram Avenue on the city's south side was the last in the deadly month of September. Now three months later, his killer is still on the loose.
Carter Smith is described as someone who didn't bother anyone. He was the last person you'd imagine the target of gun violence, says his cousin Kenneth Taylor.
"We don't go around messing with nobody," he explained. "We don't do nothing but work. We love working and enjoying life."
On the night of September 30th, Detective Marshall Young says Smith was catching up with his girlfriend after the weekend shift at the state fair.
"There was a knock at the door," Young described. "He goes to check it. When he opens the door, he gets shot. It's really just that simple. She said he didn't say anything. The person who was outside didn't say anything."
As nightmares go, this is it - Smith was shot multiple times in his own doorway.
"Initially, he was laying up against the door so it appears either that he tried to shut the door or when he fell it shut the door," Young said. "The first officer on scene actually couldn't get in the front door because he was in the way."
Investigators found shell casings and interviewed witnesses, but still have no leads.
Police have checked surveillance footage from a number of the stores around the crime scene. They say it shows people were in the area at the time of the shooting. They hope someone saw something that could crack open the case. Even the smallest detail can help detectives make an arrest and allow Smith's family to move forward.
"We just passed the Christmas dinner," Taylor said. "We prayed. Everybody come tight together but it's very difficult until we have closing and things get a little better."
If you have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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