Services held for 2 kids killed in crash


Funeral services were held Friday for two young children who were killed in a March 7 crash on Loop 410 under Interstate 10 on the city’s Northwest Side.

Amaya Smith, 6, died at the scene after the car she was riding in was involved in a head-on collision with another car.

Nicholaus Epps, 4, died six days later after he was taken off life support at University Hospital.

Their funeral took place at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on North Walters Street.

It began with their two small white caskets carried in a horse-drawn carriage.

Their mother, TaShawn Smith, a reservist with the rank Specialist E-4, is still recovering from her injuries. She watched the procession from her wheelchair surrounded by family and friends.

Two U.S. Army honor guards served as pallbearers, escorting their caskets inside the sanctuary of Antioch.

Once inside, the service began with a reading of the 23rd Psalm.

A reception is set to follow at 3 p.m. at Tree Mount Temple Church.

A San Antonio police spokeswoman said no charges will be filed against the other driver who lost control due to a mechanical problem with his vehicle.

In response to San Antonio Police not filing charges, Smith said, “I don’t blame him because it was nothing that was his fault.”

Police said early indications were that drugs and alcohol were not involved.

After the burial of her two only children, Smith said she will always remember their infectious smiles.

“They were just intelligent, just walking angels, truly,” said Smith.

Smith also thanked the community for their abundance of prayers and support.

KSAT’s Jessie Degollado contributed to this report.