Washington Community Mourns Death of Murdered Dispensary Employee

Washington Community Mourns Death of Murdered Dispensary Employee

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The small town of Cheney, Wash., is mourning the death of a murdered dispensary employee who was the victim of a carjacking in the dispensary’s parking lot.

On Sept. 15, Cheney Police confirmed that the body of 46-year-old Cameron Smith, an employee at Lucid Cannabis, had been discovered off of Washington State Route 904 near Four Lakes, as reported by KXLY.

“With a heavy heart we say good bye to our brother Cam. He was the spirit of our shop and touched so many of us, in so many ways. He made everyone feel like family, and genuinely cared about each and every one of us,” wrote Lucid Cannabis in a Facebook post. “He was our friend, our protector, and thanks to him, even though what happened was nothing less than an absolute tragedy, could’ve been much worse, had he not been there to protect us.”

On Sept. 10, 2017, Donovan Culps, after having been denied service at the dispensary, saw Smith eating lunch in his car, fired two shots at Smith, broke into the vehicle and took off with Smith still in the car.

Culps was arrested on Sept. 14 in Goldendale, but his niece Violetta Culps, also a suspect in the crime, hasn’t been located. Alisha Jackson, suspected to have been with the Culpses during the crime, was arrested by the Yakima Police Department on Sept. 15, as reported by The Spokesman-Review.

“It’s hard to lose somebody as good as Cam, but, I’m trying to keep everybody positive. I’m trying to keep everybody in a good place, because that is what he would want,” Stacia Shirley, manager of Lucid Cannabis, told KXLY. “I want people to know that he was so proud of his family. He was so proud of his grand babies, his daughters. He loved every one of them and he always spoke of them.”

Smith had recently moved to Cheney from from Toledo, Ohio. Michael Schofield, owner of Lucid Cannabis, told The Spokesman-Review on Sept. 16 that he wanted to raise money to send Smith’s body home to his family in Toledo. Since that time, the dispensary has launched a GoFundMe campaign for Smith’s family.

Caroline Cahill is the Managing Editor of MJINews. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has previously worked in higher education, development and radio. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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