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Daniel Silva, who was charged with manslaughter following the death of YouTuber Corey La Barrie, said in his first YouTube video since the car accident that killed his friend that he was sorry for the “pain” he caused La Barrie’s family, friends, and fans.
Silva, a 27-year-old tattoo artist and YouTuber, said in Tuesday’s video that he was “being forced to confront the fact that this accident resulted in the death of one of my best friends.”
On May 10, 2020, Silva was driving a sports car in Los Angeles with La Barrie in the front seat when he crashed into a tree, killing his friend, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. La Barrie was 25 years old.
Silva pleaded guilty to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced in August to 364 days in jail, five years of formal probation, and 250 hours of community service. He was released from jail in October 2020, according to CBS Los Angeles.
At the time of La Barrie’s death, his YouTube channel had more than 300,000 subscribers. He also collaborated with Crawford Collins on the channel Corey & Crawford, which had just over 100,000 subscribers at the time of his death. La Barrie also appeared on a YouTube reality show called “The Reality House” in 2019.
In the 9-minute and 39-second video, entitled “I Love You Corey,” Silva reflected on his friendship with La Barrie, whom he met when he moved to Los Angeles. “He’s a loving son, brother, a person that had incredible personality, drawing people to him with his kind heart and his humor,” Silva said of La Barrie. “It’s hard to cope with the fact that his absence will leave a void in hundreds of thousands of people’s hearts, especially to the people who had the privilege to know him personally.”
Silva also read a letter he said La Barrie’s family sent to the Los Angeles Superior Court judge presiding over the case. The letter asked the District Attorney to lower Silva’s charge from second-degree murder to manslaughter, the charge he did ultimately receive.
Tuesday’s video was Silva’s first time speaking out about the accident, which shocked the YouTube community.
Elijah Daniel, a comedian and rapper who appeared on “Reality House” alongside La Barrie, tweeted that Silva did “not deserve a career or comeback” and criticized the video.
this will be the last time i speak on daniel silva, and beyond the last time i want to ever hear his fucking name again.
let Corey rest 💙 pic.twitter.com/ozNlIpIJuz
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) February 16, 2021
Silva did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.