FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Crime Stoppers in Flagler County is increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter that killed a 16-year-old boy in Bunnell earlier this year.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly gave an update Friday, saying he believes the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Noah Smith might also be connected to another case in which a teen was fatally shot in the same city on Tuesday.
Smith, 16, was shot and killed on South Anderson Street on Jan. 12.
A billboard has been put up in Bunnell in the case of Noah Smith, a 16 year old shot and killed in January. One arrest has been made in connection to the case but FCSO is still looking for the actual murderer. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/jVCx1CN7jX— Molly Reed (@Mollyreednews) May 6, 2022
Smith’s family joined Staly at the update, begging people to come forward.
“He had a great future ahead of him and we just want to have some peace,” Smith’s uncle said. “If you could just give us some peace, by giving us more information so we can -- we’re just praying that you guys just send information. This is all we want.”
There has been little information available, though shortly after the shooting, the sheriff’s office issued a warning that retaliation and violence would not be tolerated.
“We have heard the chatter of recent threats and retaliation in the community,” Staly said after the teen was fatally shot. “We’ve been informed of multiple threats against the alleged perpetrator and the possibility of people taking matters into their own hands.”
On Friday, Staly said they had also arrested someone in connection with the case. Terrell Sampson, 18, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a delinquent.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said Sampson is connected to the Noah Smith murder case, but he was arrested on unrelated charges.
Staly also thinks the shooting of another 16-year-old boy in Bunnell Tuesday night is connected to the Noah Smith case.
Keymarion Hall, 16, died from his injuries at Halifax Health Hospital.
“There are rumors of pressure being made to keep potential witnesses silent in both cases,” Staly said. “In many cases, the people that have information are related relatives or distant relatives or have friendships. We want justice for Noah’s and Keymarion’s families just like you do.”
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida increased the reward to up to $15,000 this week. If you have any information you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS in order to be eligible for the reward.