Aaryn Smiley, Rickey Smiley’s daughter, was shot three times in Houston, the comedian and radio host said in a July 6 YouTube video. The video was titled, “Thank God for protecting my daughter.” Rickey Smiley said that his daughter, 19, who is his youngest child, was shot while getting food at a Whataburger in Houston.
During an appearance on his show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, on July 6, the host said he could not get to his daughter because he had to fly to Dallas and then drive to Houston due to a limited number of flights being available. In a follow-up Facebook post around 12:30 p.m. on July 6, Rickey Smiley said his daughter was still in surgery.
During the same appearance, Rickey Smiley said, “All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I’m with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about.”
He continued, “I’m okay with my daughter. She’s gonna be fine. … I get the luxury of going to the hospital even if they don’t let me upstairs to see her … I get to wait in the lobby until the doctor comes down and I get to text and talk to my daughter … but just think about all the parents … that got to go pick out a casket this morning.”
Rickey Smiley, 51, has five children in total, sons Brandon, Malik and Craig as well as daughters D’Essence and Aaryn. The family regularly appears together in the TV One reality series Rickey Smiley for Real. The show began airing in 2015.
According to Her Father, Aaryn Smiley Is a Straight-A Student at Baylor University
According to her Twitter page, Aaryn Smiley is a student at Baylor University in Texas and is due to graduate in 2023. Rickey Smiley said in a February 2020 tweet that his daughter was a straight-A student at Baylor. In the same tweet, Rickey Smiley said that his daughter, “Never asked for anything but some stuff out of Walgreens.” He added that his daughter was “as sweet as she can be.” On her VSCO page, Aaryn Smiley wrote in the bio section, “Love yourself. Love others.”
In a 2017 episode of his radio show, Rickey Smiley said he would prefer if Aaryn Smiley picked a historically Black college or university.
A bio on a promotional article for her family’s reality TV show described Aaryn Smiley as being “immersed in cheerleading.” The piece said Aaryn Smiley was focused on “getting through her freshman year in high school in Houston.” The final line of the bio said, “Aaryn has also become a debutante and is growing up too quickly for her parents.”
Aaryn Smiley Has Been Featured Multiple Times in Her Father’s Viral Videos
Aaryn Smiley was featured in one of her father’s viral videos in August 2018 when he showed her the high school that he graduated from in Birmingham, Alabama. Aaryn Smiley graduated from high school in May 2019. Another 2018 video featuring Aaryn Smiley showed her learning how to mow the lawn.