The heartbreaking news of Mariah Smith’s premature passing has left her loved ones and the entire Lake City community in disbelief and sorrow. Here are the details of Mariah Smith’s obituary.
Even at the tender age of 12, Mariah had a promising future ahead of her, but it was tragically cut short in an act of violence that defies reason.
While her family grieves their loss, they also celebrate Mariah’s life and the happiness she brought into the lives of those around her.
Memories of Mariah Smith
Mariah Smith entered this world on January 9, 2011, in Lake City, Florida, to her parents, John and Latasha Smith.
She was the youngest of their four children and the apple of their eye. Mariah was a vibrant and cheerful girl who never failed to bring joy to people’s faces.
Mariah was a sixth-grader at Richardson Middle School, where she excelled academically and was well-liked by her teachers and peers.
She was enthusiastic about dancing, singing, and playing the piano, and put in a lot of effort to perfect her talents.
In her leisure time, Mariah cherished moments spent with her family and friends, reveling in board games and movie sessions.
An Unnecessary Act of Violence
In the evening of August 24, 2023, tragedy struck the Smith family when Jatarious Rashad Fluellen, a 14-year-old boy, discharged several shots into their home.
One of those shots hit Mariah, who was sitting on the couch at the time. Despite the best efforts of first responders and medical personnel, Mariah was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The community was left reeling from this heedless act of violence, and many came together to offer their support and condolences to the Smith family.
As the investigation unfolded, Jatarious Rashad Fluellen was identified as the primary suspect in Mariah’s murder and was subsequently apprehended and charged.
The investigation is still ongoing, and further arrests may be made as new information comes to light.
Commending Mariah Smith’s Life
As the Smith family and the community at large come to terms with Mariah’s passing, they are committed to honoring her life and the joy she brought to those around her.
A visitation will take place on Friday, September 8, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the New Day Spring Missionary Baptist Church at 709 NW Long St., Lake City, FL.
A special ceremony celebrating Mariah’s life will be held on September 9, 2023, at 12:00 noon at the Columbia County School Board, located at 372 W. Duval St., Lake City, FL.
Family and friends are invited to attend and pay their final respects to Mariah, who touched so many lives in her short time on Earth.
The departure of Mariah Smith has left an enduring impact on the Lake City community and beyond.
Her lively spirit and radiant smile will be deeply missed by all who knew her. As her family and friends mourn, they take solace in knowing that Mariah’s memory will live on in their hearts forever.
Rest in peace, Mariah Smith; your light will continue to shine bright.