Teenager dies from gunshot **AUDIO**


Christian Blake Smith, 15, passed away August 9, 2018.

Christian was born in Barberton to Rachelle Owens and the late Ryan Smith. He would do anything to help someone and would do any odd job he could to make extra money. He loved skateboarding, fishing and his siblings and had so many friends.  Christian was the funniest little dude and was super goofy and so brave and strong.

Preceded in death by his father Ryan; and grandma Andrea Haught; He is survived by his mother Rachelle; brothers Ryan and Judah; sisters Alexys and Jasmyne; grandmother Robin Owens; grandfather Henry Smith; great-grandmothers Marilyn Haught and Larrie Hornacek; girlfriend Olivia Crowe; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Calling Hours will be held  Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 4-6 P.M. at the SILVA-HOSTETLER FUNERAL HOME, 1199 Wooster Rd. West, Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 6 p.m. A memorial dinner will follow at the Sokol Center, 888 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com (330-825-8700).


Barberton detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy on 27th Street Northwest.

Officers responded at about 6:27 a.m. The boy was taken to the hospital where he later died. According to police, the shooting was accidental. No other information is being released at this time.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Audio of initial police radio traffic:



  1. Parker on September 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Miss my nigga bro crazy it’s been over a month this kid was always so positive and always had the biggest smile this shit hurts so bad knowing my niggas really gone REST UP BUB #BubsWorld🌎

  2. melloncollie and the infinite sadness on August 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Everything happens for a reason.It doesn’t seem that way at first.This will change many lives.Family members and the community.Stay strong.I’m sad and angry right with you.

  3. Jasmier on August 13, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I love u bub and I always will I wish u we’re still alive and I hope u have a good time in heaven love u

  4. Laurie on August 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Is there a candlelight vigil at lake anna tonight, my kids are saying there is at 10pm.

  5. Tammy Kimble on August 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    So sorry.Nothing worst then a loss of a CHILD.

  6. Mike on August 10, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    So sad

  7. Shawn on August 10, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Rip my brother my he was way to young my u was 15 teen bro u well never be forgotten bubs world

  8. Josh on August 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Rip my man bubs you will be missed

    • Sue Cox on August 10, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Have the police released the child’s name yet?

      • Ellen on August 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

        Yes Sue Cox it’s @ the top of the story! Very sad!

      • Tabari sharpe on August 14, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        Yea his name was Christian we called him bubs and know he’s and I’m angry sad and his funeral was today no one in my family was ready to see him go 🙏😢

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