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Police identify body found in Durham store's air duct

Posted October 28, 2013

— Police on Monday identified the man whose body was found two weeks ago wedged in an air duct in a vacant Durham convenience store.

Insurance adjusters investigating the theft of copper wiring found Kenneth Avery Smith, 48, dead in a duct on the roof of the Town 'n' Country convenience store, in the 3700 block of Fayetteville Street, on Oct. 16.

The store had been closed for several months, police said.

Police reported Smith missing on Sept. 27. He was last seen on Sept. 3 on Dunn Ave., they said.


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  • davidoliver Nov 4, 2013

    So sorry to hear...we'll miss you, Smitty!

  • welfarequeen Oct 31, 2013

    Why is this article here ALL WEEK LONG?

  • jlselfjr Oct 29, 2013

    "Smitty" - you will be truly missed by all that truly knew him - He was great friend & Fellow NCA&T Aggie... We all have struggles and vices that will deal with everyday- Mathew 7:1 (NIV: Do not Judge, or you too will be judged). Aggie 89 ECT

  • WorkingMyNerves Oct 29, 2013

    To his family and friends who happened upon this piece of "journalism" please leave now. The majority posters on this forum are callus and insensitive at best. Don't read their comments, go remember your friend and loved one. In the WRAL forms you'll find no solace and little compassion.
    It's easy to assume this gentleman was breaking into a store for some nefarious copper stealing. But if he was, does it matter? When did stealing copper become an offense punishable by death or even call up the mantra of, "he had it coming"? When presented with a grieving family or friend, does it matter the deed? They feel the same soul crushing despair as anyone else. Do you really need to chastise their friends for being upset? Do you need declare alleged copper thievery a sin worthy of death? What does it bring you to share your opinions with the internet masses? Maybe you could sit in silence and consider the feelings of the family? Naw, that's too decent.

  • ashewing Oct 29, 2013

    Do you believe it now?:


  • anneonymousone Oct 29, 2013

    JackFlash123, I am as touched by your words to GingerLynn as I was by her apology.

    For those who do not know how PTSD can change people, who do not know that surviving events that no one should ever witness can have a profound effect on people, who believe that strength of will (or intelligence or morality or...) can override those changes, it is my hope that life goes on allowing you to believe that. It is my hope that you never have to know the effects of trauma first-hand or more distantly. It might be worthwhile, though, for those people to listen to people who know more about the topic.

  • Ven Oct 29, 2013

    I would argue that, like many stories before this and the many more that will come, that this 'place' is for anyone to share opinions. If someone wants to send condolences - because many family and friends do read these - then they are free to do so, just as those who wish to berate. Until you become a moderator you don't make the rules.

  • lisaclark2 Oct 29, 2013

    This is not an obituary "readers" for those of you providing condolences and the same time wanting to call names. This is an article of a theft and a death. We really don't need to know the life story of this man. Read and respond as it's about choice. This is a news site and not the funeral home, so expect responses according to the news.

  • Ven Oct 29, 2013

    sorry for the family, praying for your comfort. also praying for the venomous, hypocritical posters who undoubtedly use double standards when expressing their bigoted views.

  • tarheelbabe Oct 29, 2013

    I doubt he wa trying to steal anything. That store has been closed for months and the shelves are bare. Its rather unfortunate that true journalism is going down hill and the media is in such a hurry to post a story without pertinent details.