Corey Smith’s 15-year-old nephew, living under his wing, was named a suspect after the high school coach died from multiple gunshots.
Corey Smith is a respected Miami Senior High School football coach, well-loved by his students and community. On Monday, he was shot multiple times in his Northwest Miami-Dade home, months after his brother passed away.
The coach took in his 15-year-old nephew, whose name was not released publicly, after losing his brother in a tragic highway chase, and is now a suspect in the crime.
SCENE OF THE CRIME
The teenager was the only person in Smith’s West Little River neighborhood property when the crime took place. According to the authorities, the victim’s nephew claimed he was studying when shots were fired.
“The 15-year-old in the home was unharmed. Police are still talking to him,” said local detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “We’re still waiting on a warrant to get into the home.”
Yesterday, the suspect was questioned and released following the tragic event. The teen’s father was also shot to death as a suspect in a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery last year.
A SERIES OF TRAGEDIES
Smith’s passing happened less than a day after Tyrone White, a former coach, athlete, and father of New England Patriot’s James White died in a Broward County car accident.
A med flight quickly took her to Memorial Regional Hospital after suffering severe injuries.
Manny Diaz, University of Miami football coach, expressed his sentiments and condolences in a statement, noting that the South Florida high school coaching community had “a very difficult year.”
Smith’s friends and colleagues had nothing but kind words to say for the departed. His neighbor, Willie Jones, praised the coach for his good intentions in helping children. He said:
“There’s a lot of kids that’s in the league, college, probably wouldn’t have made it through high school without him because he was always there for them like a big brother, uncle, father figure [sic].”
Apart from being a football coach, Smith was also a physical education teacher at Charles Drew Middle School in Miami. Here, he guided T.Y. Hilton in his NFL career.
TYRONE WHITE’S PASSING
Tyrone, who died on Sunday, was the Captain of the Miami-Dade Police Department at the time of his passing. His wife, who took the wheel of the car, remained in critical condition.
Tyrone’s wife tried to make a left turn when another car crashed into the passenger’s side, where the policeman was seated. A med flight quickly took her to Memorial Regional Hospital after suffering severe injuries.
James White of the New England Patriots during warm ups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. | Source: Getty Images
Two other cars were involved in the accident, one tumbled over, and the other caught fire. Luckily, fire responders were quick to respond and provided necessary assistance.
The couple’s NFL player son was supposedly on the field to play against the Seattle Seahawks that night but ended up being listed inactive. The Seahawks claimed victory for the night by five points.