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Suspect in Lorain homicide found in Baltimore hospital

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    A man was found fatally shot in this home on West 9th Street in Lorain on Thursday.

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A Kentucky man suspected of killing Lorain resident Lani Smith has been found in a hospital in Baltimore.

OBJECTPolice were called to a home at 1103 W. Ninth St. Thursday morning and found Smith, 66, dead from a gunshot wound inside his home.

Police said Larry Brown, 38, of the Louisville, Ky., area, fled the scene in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz 500. Today, Monday, he turned up at the University of Maryland Medical Center with a broken ankle, said Lorain Lt. Ed Super.

“He’s in custody,” Super said. “He’s been caught.”

Super said Brown will have to attend an extradition hearing in Maryland when he’s released from the hospital before he can be brought back to Cleveland.

Smith’s family mourned together over the weekend with many unanswered questions about the alleged homicide.

Smith is the oldest brother of eight children and has four children of his own.

“My mom is so heart broken,” said Kim Smith, one of his sisters. “We are so mind boggled by this right now.”

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Lorain police provided this photo of Larry Brown, who is wanted in connection with a West 9th Street homicide.

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Kim Smith said Brown is “somewhat like family” as Brown’s sister is Kim Smith’s niece.

“Larry was always treated good,” Kim Smith said. “We don’t have answers. It’s eating me from the inside out.”

Kim Smith said her brother was “smart as a whip” and a friend to everyone he met.

A vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday where Lani Smith lived, 1103 W. Ninth St.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jodi_Weinberger.



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