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Quincy dad looks for answers following his son’s death

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QUINCY (WGEM) — It's been more than a month after his sons death and now a Quincy dad is upset that his son's killer is still on the loose.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office is heading up the homicide investigation into the May 30 death of 20-year-old Orlando Smith.

Orlando's dad thinks someone knows something and he's pleading for them to come forward.

"I've never felt like this before," said Patrick Orlando Smith. "I couldn't even tell you how it feels. I don't know how it feels. Feelings for me is gone."

Smith calls the death of his son, Orlando, a mystery.

"Whatever the case was my son was somebody," said Smith. "He didn't deserve to be wrapped up in a tarp, put in somebody's vehicle and put on the side of the road."

Authorities say they've interviewed countless acquaintances and potential suspects, but still, nothing. While they wait to put together the pieces, Orlando's family is left to pick them up.

"I still have all my kids," said Smith. "I have to tell them that everything is going to be alright."

Smith says it's hard to fully move on, considering the fact he still hasn't been able to see Orlando's body. Authorities say they are holding it for evidence.

"There's nothing I can do," said Smith. "It's in their hands and I'm comfortable with it."

Comfortable with what happened, not so much.

"I'm supposed to be kids' protector," said Smith. "I'm supposed to be their guardian. That didn't happen because one is gone."

Now, a call to action for those who may know something about what happened to Orlando.

"I know that there's more than one person that will listen," said Smith. "There's more than two people who will get up. I'm sure there's plenty more that will actually pick up the phone or go to the police station. The police need help."

As far as the investigation goes, authorities say they feel confident in how things are going. They are still continuing to conduct interviews and are combing through evidence.

If you have any information you're encouraged to call the numbers below.
Quincy Police Department: (217) 228 - 4470
Adams County Sheriff's Office: (217) 277- 2200
Crime Stoppers: (217) 228 - 4474

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Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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