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Family remembers Breathitt County murder victim

ALTRO, Ky. (WYMT) - Family and friends say he had no enemies and everyone loved him. Folks tell us he was known in the community as "Smurf," and the search continues for Tommy Lee Smith's murderer.

Mildred Johnson, who is an only child, says 46-year-old Tommy Lee Smith was a great father.

"Just the other day his new girlfriend told me that his grandkids and his daughter meant the world to him. And that's all he had...everyone described him as a man who would give his shirt off his back to anyone who needed it," said Johnson.

But Saturday morning, something went wrong. Friends found Smith dead in Altro in his trailer and the coroner says he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

"At this time, I don't think there are any suspects. It's early in the investigation, in the preliminary investigation in this case," said Trooper Randall Coots, with the Kentucky State Police.

Smith's daughter says because of the way her dad died, it is hard to believe he is resting in peace. She also says she knows exactly what she would say to whoever is responsible for killing her father if she had the chance.

"That jail is not enough. Jail is not enough for what they've done to father. I think, I hate to say it, but there family should suffer like I am," Johnson said.

While she was going through her dad's trailer, she was reminded of something.

"And he had a bible verse that he had just wrote the night that happened that said be thankful for things that you have and for god and it just meant a lot for me," said Johnson.

Saying goodbye, but never forgetting.

If you have any information, you should call the Kentucky State Police Hazard Post.

Visitation for Smith will be at the Altro Church of God Tuesday at 6 p.m. His funeral will also be at the church on Wednesday afternoon at 1.


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