Ink Master contestant Daniel Silva has been charged with the second-degree murder over the death of his YouTube star friend Corey La Barrie.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charge this week – days after La Barrie was killed in a car crash on his 25th birthday.
La Barrie was a passenger in Silva’s $256,000 McLaren 600LT sports car when it ‘ran off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree’ in the Valley Village neighborhood.
La Barrie was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Silva – who escaped the vehicle with minor injuries – now faces between 15 years and life behind bars.
Police allege he tried to flee the scene of the fatal accident before being stopped by bystanders. He was then taken to hospital himself for treatment of a hip injury.
Photos taken at the scene of the crash show Silva being stretched away by paramedics, with his eyes close and wrists outstretched limply in front of him.
In the hours leading up to the fatal incident, the two men had been partying at Le Barrie’s home in celebration of his 25th birthday. Sources say Silva had been drinking before getting in the car.
Silva, best known for his appearance on season 10 of Ink Master – a competition where tattoo artists show off their talent and compete for a grand prize – is currently being held on $200,000 bail, Los Angeles jail records show.
La Barrie was originally from Adelaide, Australia but moved to Los Angeles after building a successful career as a comedic social media influencer. He ran a YouTube channel with Crawford Collins called Corey & Crawford which has 104,000 subscribers.
The La Barrie family have not yet commented on the murder charge laid against Silva.
La Barrie’s mother, Lissa Burton, took to Instagram after her son’s death, and accused Silva of driving under the influence. No DUI charge has been laid against Silva.
My heart breaks right now, on my son’s 25th birthday today. He was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk driver. The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in losing a child. It just feels so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with grief. I love you so much Corey and will miss you so so much. It’s just so unfair,’ Burton penned.
Meanwhile, La Barrie’s young brother, Jarrad, also took to Instagram the day after his sibling’s death to share an emotional post.
‘This isn’t something I thought I would ever have to sit here and type out for a very long time or what I wanna do right now but everyone deserves to know, my brother Corey passed away last night in a car accident with his drunk friend driving… this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I don’t how I’m supposed to do this without you,’ Jarrad wrote.
‘I miss you so much already, this isn’t fair. Thank you for always being the best big brother I could ask for I love you so f***ing much life’s never gonna be the same without you R.I.P. P.S say hi to grandad and grandma for me. I love you,’ he added.
La Barrie had uploaded his final video on Saturday May 9 talking about his upcoming birthday plans. On 1pm PST he live-streamed celebrating with his roommates.
‘We might get a little bit drunk, who knows’ he said during the video.
La Barries final tweet said: ‘Thank you for the birthday wishes love you guys! And if you have the intro to my stream how did you like it?’
Tributes from fans poured in following his death.
‘I don’t know what to say. Corey was only 25 years old. He didn’t deserve to die. Corey was the 4th Seavey boy. You be dearly missed Corey,’ one fan tweeted Monday.
‘Corey i truly hope you know how many of us you’ve had an impact on. thank you for always making us laugh, we love you forever,’ another added.
‘i’m crying so much. i love you & im sorry you were taken too soon. ):’ one Twitter fan wrote.
Meanwhile, Ink Master star Silva grew up poor and found himself homeless and in jail at 19, having become estranged from his parents.
‘With just $300 saved up, he purchased tattoo equipment with a dream of making it big,’ the bio says. He opened Daniel Silva Tattoos and has a YouTube channel with more than 229K followers, as well as 1.1 million followers on Instagram.