Crime

Death of former Northwestern High soccer manager still unsolved

Adam Smith, the Northwestern soccer team manager, walks the sidelines during the Upperstate Championship game in 2009.
Adam Smith, the Northwestern soccer team manager, walks the sidelines during the Upperstate Championship game in 2009. FILE

More than six weeks after a beloved former Northwestern High soccer manager who was known not just for his short stature but his big heart was killed in Charlotte, police are still asking the public for help to figure out what happened.

Adam Smith, 23, a former Clemson student, died April 15 after asking police for help near Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. He complained of injuries and later died at a hospital. His death is being investigated by a homicide unit after an autopsy found Smith died from blunt force trauma.

Witnesses told police Smith was seen walking in traffic attempting to solicit a ride from drivers.

Smith was approximately 4-foot-3 and 85 pounds and was affected by achondroplasia, commonly called dwarfism. He was in a Charlotte rehabilitation center after his mother took him there to get help dealing with prescription pain medication after several surgeries needed to deal with health problems from his size.

He was honored by former Northwestern soccer players and friends after his death, but the events surrounding his death are still unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective. The public also can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 to report information anonymously, or go to charlottecrimestoppers.com.

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