November 26, 2014


Man sought in connection with Lorain man’s murder

From Staff and Wire Reports


David Morales

David Morales, who is on the Dangerous Dozen list for drug charges, is wanted for questioning in the murder of Taru Smith Sr., 36, of Lorain, who was killed Tuesday night in Wellsville, according to Lorain Detective Kurt Graupmann, a member of the task force.

Graupmann said the task force has been looking for Morales for months but was on special alert Wednesday after Wellsville police told them Morales may be connected to Smith’s murder.

Preliminary reports indicate Smith was in a sports utility vehicle around 6 p.m. in Wellsville on Tuesday when someone in another vehicle opened fire and struck Smith several times, according to Wellsville police Lt. Ed Wilson.

The driver in the other vehicle, thought to be a late model white Mazda, fled while Smith continued driving before crashing into the rear of a parked car in front of the village police station, Wilson said.

Smith was taken by ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital, where he died from his wounds. Wilson could not immediately describe the nature of Smith’s injuries.

As of Wednesday night, police had no motive for the shooting but did not rule out drug-related issues.

Police believe Morales is on his way back to Lorain. Anyone with information on Morales should call the Lorain police at (440) 204-2100 or the task force at (866) 4WANTED.

  • My1stLove

    that was fast!!

    • Phil Blank

      Yes, right!

      Wednesday of last week, this isn’t thought crime yet.

  • bama Mike

    Rip taru .hope the coward who did this gets wat he deserves

  • Mark B

    Stuff like this will never stop until the judges get tough on crime .
    If this was 1960 and you killed someone you would spend life in prison , just ask Charlie Manson .
    2014 you kill someone you get maybe 20 yrs

  • keepsmewonderin

    What the heck are they doing in Wellsville? Running drugs up the Ohio River? Had to Google it to find out where it even is.

    • Soni L Conrad-Reed

      That is what they do we are a very small community here they come from all over and drop drugs off in our little community. It is sick. I hope they get him very soon.

  • peace

    so sad im happy that found who was behind this. he was his mothers only son he was a brother a father a friend and a cousin. RIP Ru we love and miss u

  • Soni L Conrad-Reed

    this guy has been caught update your story please!