the death of Holt Smith does not go unnoticed

09/17/2006 8:19 AM by

Mark Holberg looks at the life of Holt Smith, who was shot on August 30 on the 400 block of North 31st Street while waiting for a bus to take him to work.

Form the article:

Checking fingerprints and identity databases, he learned that the victim, 60-year-old Holt Smith, was a Vietnam veteran.

Caudery also saw Smith had been arrested in Alabama in 1962 for parading without a permit.

“Is that what I think it is?” he recalled asking Holt Smith’s mother when he reached her in Birmingham, Ala.

Sure enough, Holt Smith — then a teenager — was arrested with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a civil-rights march in Birmingham. He also marched with King in Selma and Washington, his family said.


Richmond police and prosecutors say 17-year-old Jamar Scott and 15-year-old Tyquane Lynch robbed Holt Smith at gunpoint. Scott allegedly shot Smith multiple times and then fled in a car that, police say, had been stolen in the Fan District that morning.


Lynch had been released from a state juvenile-detention facility five days before the slaying. Scott was on parole at the time and wanted by police.



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