Richie Smith at Evangeline Sept 2022

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Richard "Richie" B. Smith at Evangeline in New Orleans, Sept. 2022. 

Many in Ojai are mourning the death of Richard “Richie” Smith, 37, who grew up in Ojai and followed his dream to become a bartender and drummer and live in New Orleans. He was shot and killed on Jan. 7 in front of his New Orleans home in the 5th District.

A memorial for Smith is planned for Jan. 23 at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks.