Family remembers retired teacher caught in crossfire


PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The family of a retired teacher who was killed in a shooting in Pine Bluff a week ago, is pushing to find whoever pulled the trigger. 

Police say 64-year-old Terry Smith was shot while driving near the intersection of  Howard Drive and Tulip Street. Officers do not believe the bullet was intended for Smith. 

“Never ever forget my father’s legacy,” said Smith’s daughter Shadayja Bush.  “Definitely stuff I’ll miss about my father, his support and his love.” 

Smith worked for the Pine Bluff School District as an English teacher, until he retired in 2012. Smith was also a published author, and was working on his second novel. 

“He was a all around teacher, if a student needed something he made sure they got it,” said Robbie Williams, who worked in the school district with Smith.

Williams is helping Smith’s family hold a vigil Tuesday night in his honor. They’re asking anyone who can to come to the flagpole outside Pine Bluff High School at 6 pm for a brief service. 

“God gives me peace, I just want my father to rest in peace,” Bush said. 

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