Family of Newport victim Eve Smith reveal heartache after woman, 21, found dead in horror crash with 2 pals | The Sun

THE family of Gwent crash victim Eve Smith have told of their heartache after their daughter died with two others.

Eve, 21, was found dead with two pals in what is the second tragedy to hit her family after her sister Xana Doyle died in a smash in 2015.

Cops yesterday discovered three bodies after Eve, Darcy Ross, 21, Sophie Russon, 20, along with Rafel Jeanne-Actie and Shane Loughlin vanished.

The group had not been seen since enjoying a night out at the Muffler nightclub in Newport, Wales.

It took cops 48 hours to find the five friends who had been in a car crash – and this morning two forces referred themselves to a watchdog for an investigation.

Eve, Darcy and Rafel died in the horror crash while Sophie and Shane are seriously injured in hospital.


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In a statement, Eve’s family said: "At this extraordinarily difficult time, we request that our privacy is respected and we are allowed to grieve in peace.”

They added: “We want to allow Gwent Police and South Wales Police the time and space to investigate the matter in a thorough and professional way and to enable the Independent Office for Police Conduct thereafter to come to their own conclusions."

In a tribute online yesterday, Eve’s heartbroken sister Sherridan Borg, 23, said: “Eve, My beautiful little sister I've cried laughed and fought with you every week, but I've never been without you.

“We always said, 'I got you always', but now I'm sat here feeling so empty because you're not here with me anymore, and I can't accept this."

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The tragedy comes eight years after her sister Xana also died in a car crash – with the family revealing their heartache on the Star of Sky documentary.

Eve had taken part in a Sky TV documentary after Xana was killed and the family campaigned for tougher sentences.

Hairdresser Xana, 19, was killed instantly from head injuries in the crash when a friend stole a car to get to a party back in 2015.

She was a passenger when the car flipped over.

The young woman had been getting a lift home from Sakhawat Ali, then 23, who was high on cocaine and cannabis and twice the drink-drive limit.

It comes as…

  • Three pals were found dead in a crashed car after five people vanished while on a night out in Newport
  • Eve Smith, 21, was confirmed dead by her family, who had tragically lost her sister in a crash eight years ago
  • Two pals were pictured beaming on the night out before the tragedy
  • The mum of Sophie Russon claimed cops told her to stop calling
  • She has now revealed her agony at desperately searching for her daughter while she lay critically injured
  • Haunting CCTV was shared by friends of the car before it vanished in the early hours of Saturday
  • Police are now probing just what happened in the hours before the crash

His cousin Shabaz Ali, then 21, was also on drugs – and grabbed the car's handbrake “as a joke”.

Eve was 13 at the time of the tragedy while Sherridan was 15.

Sherridan said: “There is no sister like you, you always made me feel so important, sending me messages to remind me how much you love me and I'd tell you just how much I loved you more!

“You saved me from so much Eve all the times I've been low it was you that I'd turn to, and now I'm feeling heavy because I couldn't save you.

“I loved seeing you grow into this beautiful young woman and you used to get so worried that we wouldn't be close as you grew up, but I'd remind you that sisters don't ever break a bond and ours well there isn't, no bond like ours my girl you'll always be my baby sister.

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“I know you're safe up there with our beautiful sister Xana but I was never ready to let you go, my body is aching without you, please watch over me.

“I love you forever and always.”

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