Arkansas teen killed during uncertain home invasion, community mourns loss

MARION, Ark. — A Marion teen was shot and killed over the weekend.

Police said Cody Smith was inside an elderly lady's home. The lady told officers she acted in self-defense when she shot the teen early Sunday morning.

Months ago, Smith, 19, was graduating outside Marion High School.

On Monday, grief counselors were helping students cope with his death.

“It has affected our town and surrounding towns also, and it's just sad that a young person would have something happen in his life that would lead to such fatal consequences,” said Cindy Landry.

In Marion, Smith's sudden death sent a shock wave of sorrow.

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“It’s just a very, very sad mistake,” said Landry.

More than a half dozen people, some of them friends of Smith, told FOX13 that Smith appeared intoxicated after leaving a Halloween party.

They believe it was what led Smith to enter the wrong home early Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the home on Marion Lake Road around 3:30 a.m. Sunday because of a burglar alarm. They found the home was “forcefully entered.”

The homeowner is in her late 80s and lives alone.

She said she woke up to the alarm going off and yelled for the intruder to leave.

She told police, “the intruder advanced toward her and that she shot him in self-defense.”

“It's heartbreaking for his family and it's heartbreaking for the woman that was involved with it also,” said Landry.

The Crittenden County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Smith died from his injuries after the shooting.
A spokesperson would not provide details about what happened before or after the apparent home invasion.

The department only added that the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.

The community has rallied around Smith's family. So far more than $4,000 have has been raised through a GoFundMe.