Candlelight Vigil Held For East Nashville Woman - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Candlelight Vigil Held For East Nashville Woman

Posted: Updated:

by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's been nearly a week since she was killed in an apparent hit-and-run and Tuesday night a mid-state community came together to seek answers in the death of 32-year old Livia Smith of East Nashville through a candlelight vigil.

Supporters said the vigil wasn't just about remembering Livia Smith but an opportunity for the family to get the message out there that this is an unsolved case, and they want to know how this happened.

On the cold wet night in Nashville, it wasn't just rain, but also people who poured onto Barclay Drive.

"Just thanks for the good people who have shown such kindness in our sorrow," said Rachel Black, Smith's mother. 

Family, friends and even strangers holding candles, wishing Livia Smith was still alive. 

"She was not only my sister, she was my best friend and I'll miss her," said Ian Strothers, Smith's brother. 

Among those in attendance was Amanda Hall. While she didn't know the 32-year-old, she tried to save her the morning she died. 

"I was passing by, and I seen somebody and I stopped and I kept yelling out ma'am, ma'am so I called 911 and I seen her and the dispatcher told me to keep pressing on her chest," said Hall. 

Smith was killed in an apparent hit and run last week, just a block from her home, and the East Nashville community said they want answers.

"We're not going to stand for it for somebody to be mowed down on the side of the road, and we're not getting answers," said her neighbor Debbie Szostecki.

With each flame, you see a flicker of hope that they'll get the closure they need. 

"She was a good soul and we need answers," added Szostecki. "This is a nice neighborhood. It might not be Belle Meade. It might not be Brentwood, but it's East Nashville and this is our neighborhood and we're not going to stand for it." 

Metro Police said they are still looking for the cab driver who is believed to have been the last person to see Livia Smith alive. Investigators aren't saying he's a suspect, but just want him in for questioning. 

In the meantime, members of the community said they are boycotting the cab company until the driver comes forward. 

Anyone with information regarding Smith's death or the identity of the cab driver, who was driving a yellow van, is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center with Metro Police at 615-862-8600. 

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.