Fort Worth gospel singer killed by suspected drunk driver

Loved ones remember Fort Worth Musician.

FORT WORTH -- A well-known local musician with a voice that left people "always wanting more" was killed over the weekend in a suspected drunk driving accident.

Finis Smith, long known in local church and community groups for his Gospel-style singing, was struck by a suspected drunk driver Saturday night on Riverside Drive, according to Fort Worth police and his brother.

"He was four blocks from home," Rev. Eddie Smith said. "There are a mix of emotions. You're angry, because none of us were there with him."

A Fort Worth police report listed the other driver as Roberto Ortiz-Morales, 36. Witnesses told police Ortiz-Morales was driving erratically and a police incident report states Ortiz-Morales was intoxicated and was arrested.

Eddie Smith said his brother grew up in Fort Worth's Riverside neighborhood.

His longtime friend and neighbor, community advocate Cory Session, says he was stunned to get the news early Sunday.

"It's tough," he said. "At his house, before you knocked on the door or rang the doorbell, you may hear him at the top of his lungs singing.”

Session said most recently, Smith was involved with the Adlee Trezevant Memorial Concert Choir through I.M. Terrell High School. He was involved in many musical endeavors, according to our content partners at the Star-Telegram.

Smith will be laid to rest Saturday morning at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Fort Worth. The service is at 11 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.

The Star-Telegram contributed to this report.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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