$15,000 Reward Offered In Murder


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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Curtis Smith.

On February 25, 2021, Curtis D. Smith, age 25, was found suffering from gunshot wounds in Farragut Park, 7736 North Kerby Avenue, in Portland, Oregon. He died at the scene. It is believed that he was living in Fresno, California, but had traveled to Oregon for a friend's funeral.

“The cycle of violence is spinning faster and faster, and the pain in our community is extreme. Our mission is to protect the people who live and work in Oregon, but we can’t do it alone. We need the public’s help, and we need it now. If you know anything about Mr. Smith's shooting, please contact us immediately,” said Kieran L. Ramsey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Mr. Smith’s FBI “Seeking Information” poster can be downloaded at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/curtis-d-smith.

This reward is the fifth offered by the FBI on behalf of the Metro Safe Streets Task Force. Previous rewards include:

  • Up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a mass shooting that claimed the life of Makayla Harris and injured six others
  • Up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of Evelin Navarro-Barajas
  • Up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of Dhulfigar Kareem Mseer.
  • Up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of De’annzello McDonald.

If anyone has information, witnessed any part of what happened, or has video of anything that happened prior to, during, or after these shootings, they are asked to contact PPB by emailing crimetips@portlandoregon.govor contacting the FBI at 1 (800) CALL-FBI or at tips.fbi.gov.

The Metro Safe Streets Task Force is a partnership between the FBI and ATF, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Official Statement From Promise Marks, Curtis Smith's Mother 

On February 25, 2021, I lost my only son to a brutal act of gun violence. My son, Curtis Davon Smith, was only 25 years old. To lose a child in such an inhumane way is devastating on so many levels. The effect that this has had on me and my life is beyond words. I will never be the same again, and the pain of this loss I will carry with me the rest of my life. Curtis was my world, he was a young father, he was talented in many areas, he loved his family, his children and his friends. He didn't deserve what happened to him.

When I think about what happened to him, how he was found in a Park around 10pm that night, I'm haunted by the thoughts of what he must have went through. Not knowing if he saw this coming is terrifying to me. As a result of this horrible tragedy, he will never get the chance to fulfill his dreams as his life was cut short and now gone too soon. 

He leaves behind two beautiful little girls ages 4 and 5 who will now have to grow up without their daddy. Whoever is responsible for this crime needs to be brought to justice. Curtis' family needs proper closure. While it won't bring him back, we hope that by getting whoever is responsible off the street we can prevent this from happening to another family. 

On behalf of Curtis, myself and his entire family, we are asking for the public to help us with any information you may have regarding what happened to my son. My son traveled to Portland to attend a funeral of which we can't confirm if this funeral ever took place. Somebody saw what happened and somebody knows what happened. We need you to come forward with what you know. Once again my son didn't deserve to lose his life in this manner. Please help us get justice for Curtis Davon Smith.

Promise Marks 

Curtis' Mother 


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