Family and friends attend vigil to say goodbye to woman killed in Evansville car crash

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Family and friends gathered Wednesday night to remember Darla Smith who was killed in a terrible car crash Tuesday in Evansville.

A large crowd gathered outside of her business on North Main Street to remember a pioneer in the Northside Business District.

There were a lot of hugs and a lot of tears as family and friends of Darla gathered outside of her bakery.

It’s a business her son says grew out of her passion for baking and her passion for people.

“I know that her friends are going to miss her, family is going to miss her, and we’re going to all miss her,” said Darla’s son, Jason Daily.

Jason is having a hard time understanding why his mother’s life was taken, but what he does understand is the impact her life had on her community.

“She made a big difference down here and she’s got a family down here,” said Jason.

Many in her extended family held a candle Wednesday night outside of what was her life-long dream.

“She always wanted her own store-front bakery,” said Jason. “This was her dream and we were so proud of her for accomplishing it.”

Jason says some of his first memories of his mother are of her baking at home, not just for her family, but for a small business she ran out of her kitchen.

“She actually told me the reason that she had to make her own building when I was little is because I was getting into the cakes as a toddler,” said Jason.

Her dream came true in 2009 when she opened her very own store-front bakery at the corner of North Main and Delaware, serving up cakes and cupcakes and always a kind word.

“She had no intentions of stopping,” said Jason. “This was not part of the plan.”

“She really made a difference in my life,” said Ricardo Roberts. “She made me see further past my future.”

Ricardo says it was Darla who sparked his passion for baking when she became his mentor at the Dream Center,

“I loved the way she used to tell me how to bake these things and then open my mind further,” said Ricardo.

It’s because of that time he spent with Darla that he says he went on to get a culinary degree, and just like his mentor, he too hopes to have his own place one day.

The vigil ended with a prayer for the man who hit Darla.

The minister said, that’s the way she would want it.

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(This story was originally published on February 13, 2019)

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