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EXCLUSIVE: Family mourns death of LaFayette homicide victim

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Scotty Smith was arested for giving false information to the police (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Scotty Smith was arested for giving false information to the police (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Amber Hancock was arrested for giving false information to the police (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Amber Hancock was arrested for giving false information to the police (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
LAFAYETTE, AL (WTVM) -

The family of a Lafayette homicide spoke exclusively to News Leader 9, saying they are devastated by his death and crushed to learn his nephew may be involved.

The family of the victim, 52-year-old John Smith, invited WTVM's Elizabeth White into their home.

"Just keep us in your prayers, that's all I can say," said Scotty Smith.

Devastation doesn't begin to describe Scotty Smith's feelings over the loss of his brother, John.

"He was good hearted, he was always doing something for everyone, everyday he was doing something for somebody different people," said Smith.

Scotty says Thursday afternoon, his brother called him, concerned his car had been moved, at his home along Alabama Avenue West. Scotty says he heard his brother say, "what the hell are you doing in my house," and the phone disconnected.

Concerned, Scotty called Lafayette police, who didn't answer, so he drove to the station. Scotty says about an hour later, police went with him to the home, where he kicked in the door. He says his brother was face down, when he rolled him over, he saw blood.

"I don't know how bad the wound was, don't know I just feel like that was a possibility...if we could have gotten to him sooner, I just can't say I don't know," said Smith.

Scotty says his 30-year-old son, Casey Smith is struggling with drug addiction. He told police his son may have been at the house and stolen his brother's vehicle.
        
Auburn police confirmed 30-year-old Casey Scott Smith and Amber Hancock were arrested a short time later along Stonewall Road for giving false information.

The SBI, who's handling the case confirms a male and a female were arrested and being questioned, after Auburn police found them in the victim's car, taken in the burglary.
        
Friends and family say it's unbearable to think Smith's nephew may be involved in his death.

"It's hard, I have lost two. I lost my son and my brother," said Smith.
        
Again, at this point charges have not been filed against Smith or Hancock in the death of his Uncle.  They are being questioned about the death, and only charged with giving false information at this point.

Meanwhile, the family says John never met a stranger, he was a father of three, loved his grandkids and would help anyone.

He attended Sandy Creek United Church of Christ, and he would often donate his long hair to Locks of Love.

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