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Victim's mother: 'He didn't deserve to die like that'

Posted June 7, 2009
Updated June 16, 2011

— The mother of a slain Knightdale minister says she can't understand why anyone would hurt her son.

Family, friends mourn slain minister Family, friends mourn slain minister

Deputies found Michael Donnell Smith’s body in the driveway of his home at 1808 Lucas Road early Thursday.

“He didn't have an enemy in the world that I know of,” said Carolyn Hines, Smith's mother.

Smith, 48, was an associate minister at Truth and Delivery International Ministry Church in Knightdale, where he preached, taught Bible study, Sunday school and was active in community outreach.

"He told me that every morning before he went to work that he would get up and read his Bible, and he would pray before he ever left the house,” Hines said.

Smith was leaving his house for work as a truck driver at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday when he was shot to death, deputies said.

“The hurting part is who did it and why, because he didn't deserve to die like that,” Hines said.

Smith is survived by his wife and three children.

Anyone with information about Smith's death is asked to call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6900.


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  • Jaded0027 Jun 10, 2009

    I chose jaded only to respond to this article as I figured most would see it as a jaded point of view. I spent years working with offenders in the prison and work in the mental health field. I have no history of mental illness myself. I may not be NORMAL....but I am far from having major issues. I have compassion for those humans who are decent and do not violate the rights of others. I would condemn the killer (I think it is still related to his wife) but I just have no compassion for a man who serves years in prison, becomes a minister, yet still breaks the law. I am disgusted with WRAl in portraying this man to be a minister without adding a single note as to his criminal background aside from what he did numerous years ago. Fraud is lying and cheating. Given his history, he was a liar and a cheater. I'm sorry...still don't feel sorry.

  • purplepat777 Jun 8, 2009

    Jaded, your words only serve to support your GOLO name choice. This man, regardless of past wrongdoings, was a human being and, as such, deserved to live no less than you. His children are now fatherless and for that, if for nothing else, you should be able to feel some compassion. MOST normal people would.

  • Jaded0027 Jun 8, 2009

    Yes, and after being released from prison, he continued to engage in criminal activity and was convicted of two counts of fraud in 2005 from charges stemming in 2001. Oh, and reckless driving and DWLR. Did he deserve to be shot and killed??? NO! But stop portraying him to be some saint and feeling so sorry for him and his family. Of course his mother thinks he is the world but parents are typically delusional when it comes to their children. I'm sure that his mother can recall many times thinking he would die for his behaviors and praying it would never come to that. Well it did. And I feel sorry for her and his family but certainly not for him. It would be nice for the news to report the whole story. If I can find it, they sure can.

  • hippygirl Jun 8, 2009

    this man has been out of prison since 1997...he was punished for his crimes. His debt to society has been paid. Why people want to look at a mans past to justify this sort of insanity blows my mind! The man was shot down, in his own driveway, on his way to work. My prayers to the family.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 8, 2009

    His past crimes sound pretty bad. If his mother thinks he “didn't have an enemy in the world", she's delusional. He surely hurt many people in his past (and maybe many more that we don't even know about)...and one of those folks may have just finally hurt him back.

  • Jaded0027 Jun 8, 2009

    What about all of his victims??? I'm sure "God" has found a nice safe place for his saved soul. Very well put crash628.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 8, 2009

    you may choose to forget your past...your past may not always forget aboutyou

  • Groovy Jun 8, 2009

    Read enjae's post. Very well put.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 8, 2009

    Holy cow people! The man was in his own driveway, leaving for work when he was murdered in cold blood!

    For goodness sake, PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE and show some respect for the family left behind!

    My thoughts are with this VICTIM OF MURDER and his family!

  • Surething Jun 8, 2009

    Of course he didn't, after all he had "changed" his life and found God, no way he could still be involved in anything illegal, not a chance. Be real with yourself, and remember celebrities, athletes and all kinds of public figures "find God" after they have screwed up and want to use that as a way of saying "forgive me". Surely this guy was not STILL involved in the same bs that got him arrested BEFORE. When will people start learning to take responsibilty for their OWN ations and stop blaming others for their misfortunes? And I knew before I clicked the link there would already be someone using the same tired blame someone else line of "but we all have things in our past...". Actually, no, never been arrested or in jail, unlike this guy. Clean recored here, like MOST people I know.