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Detectives identify teen at home with dead coach as son of suspect who died in fatal police shooting

The yellow crime scene tape was back up on Tuesday outside of the West Little River home where a beloved 46-year-old Miami Senior High School football coach was killed.
The yellow crime scene tape was back up on Tuesday outside of the West Little River home where a beloved 46-year-old Miami Senior High School football coach was killed.

WEST LITTLE RIVER, Fla. – The yellow crime scene tape was back up on Tuesday outside of the West Little River home where a beloved 46-year-old Miami Senior High School football coach was killed.

Detectives have been gathering evidence since Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel found Corey Smith dead on Monday. He was shot several times.

Detectives identified the 15-year-old boy who was in the home when Smith was killed as the son of Lamar Alexander, a suspect in a Coral Gables jewelry store burglary, kidnapping and chase that ended with a Dec. 5 shootout in Miramar. Alexander, 41, and three others died that day.

Smith worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for about two decades and developed a reputation for being a strong and reliable mentor. He had accomplished his dream job as a football coach at Miami Senior High School.

Willie Jones, Smith’s neighbor and friend, said on Monday that the coach’s death was a great loss to the community.

“He always got them on the right path,” Jones said, adding “There’s a lot of kids that’s in the league, college, probably wouldn’t even have made it through high school without him because he was always there for them like a big brother, uncle, father figure.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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About the Author:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.