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Truck Driver Murdered, Parents Still Seeking Answers


In the early morning hours of February 17, 2011, truck driver Truman Lee Smith was making a delivery to the Fresh Warehousing business near 26th and McCasland, in East St. Louis, Illinois, when he was robbed and brutally shot in the chest and killed.

The murderer walked away with little more than the loose change from Smith’s pocket.

Smith, a 40-year-old father of three and former Marine, was able to provide a description of the suspect to a before he succumbed to his injuries.  A surveillance camera captured the incident, however, the image was too grainy to be used.

“The description of the gunman is vague — a young man who wore a white T-shirt or hoodie, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and possibly a red hat. He had gold teeth on the top row,” St. Louis Today reported.

Two years later, Smith’s parents haven’t given up seeking justice for their son’s death.

“We’re still going to hurt as bad, we’re still going to miss him every day,” Jeanette Smith told KSDK. “But it would give us peace of mind knowing the right guy is behind bars and he’s not out there doing this to another family.”

Smith’s parents told KSDK they’re confident someone knows something about the crime and the murderer. They’re asking anyone with information to step forward and call the Illinois State Police at 866-371-TIPS.

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