Friends, family remember shooting victim Freddie Smith

A vigil was held Thursday for Freddie Smith, 29, who was killed last month in a shooting.

About two dozen family members and friends attended the short service on the corner of S. Edison Ave and Huron St where Smith was shot.

"We love Freddie, we miss him, we want justice for him," said Robert Orta, Smith's Godbrother.

Police arrested Steven Knobles, 24, on preliminary charges of reckless homicide immediately following the shooting. Investigators believe he shot his girlfriend Diana Pereiria and Smith following an argument. Pereira suffered injuries to her lower extremities, but survived.

"It's been hard. My son wakes up at night crying for Freddie. He's little, it's hard for him to understand and I can't tell him nothing but Freddie’s always going to be in your heart and our hearts forever," said Orta.

Some friends wept during the service as they remembered good memories with Smith.

"He was always funny. He was always making the kids laugh. He loved all the kids. Any kids he came across he loved them all and they loved him," said Orta.

The family also hopes people will learn from the tragedy and stop the violence.

"They need to eliminate all the trouble in the neighborhood so that the good kids, the good people aren’t trying to figure out how to survive and put weapons in their hands and use it on each other. It's stupid," said Michelle Orta, Smith's Godsister.


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