Sister of 1987 homicide victim prays for closure before her illness gets worse


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – From barking dogs, homes for sale and weeds taking over a fence line, you will find a lot at the corner of 21st and Maple Street in Little Rock.

“It just feels like time has stood,” says Mary Anne Smith.

It’s the intersection where Mary Anne Smith’s world changed on July 27, 1987, when her sister, Claraetta Smith, was shot and killed.

“My sister and I talked every single morning, and that morning, I kept calling her and I didn’t get an answer on the phone,” she says.

Mary Anne says Claraetta and her boyfriend were followed, possibly abducted, then gunned down in Claraetta’s car.

“I can’t explain the grief that still bothers and haunts us. I just pray for some answers,” says Mary Anne.

Little Rock Police Cold Case Investigator Tommy Hudson says he’s ordering additional testing, like DNA, of evidence found at the scene.

“The technology they didn’t have in 1987, we have now and we’re able to apply that technology to this case,” says Hudson. “There’s no doubt in my mind this is an execution-style homicide.”

The family says Claraetta had moved to Little Rock from Hot Springs months before the homicide, after she got a promotion at her job.

It’s painful for Mary Anne to be back at the intersection.

“This is where she took her last breath, here at 21st and Maple Street,” says Mary Anne.

Mary Anne hopes new tips will blossom in, before an illness she’s battling gets worse.

“As time has went by, we have lost our mother, and I would love some resolve for the family,” says Mary Anne.

Mary Anne didn’t want to talk much about her illness, but prays someone steps up.

“It hurts to know no one has come forward,” says Mary Anne.

There is a reward of up to $10,000 available for information leading to the arrest and conviction.

Police stress all tips will remain confidential.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss