Thursday, February 18, 2010
Rajaan Bennett murdered this morning in Atlanta
News just starting to break that Rajaan Bennett, the Atlanta running back who was the jewel of Vanderbilt's recruiting class, was shot and killed this morning in his home, reportedly by his mother's former boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. Rajaan was 18 years old.
AJC.com apparently broke the story and has more details.
Bennett, the oldest of four children, was described on signing day by his high school coach as "a guy that has been the man in his household for quite a while, yet still worked to maintain a solid GPA in class and become such a great player."
Rajaan became the man in his family as a sixth-grader when his father died. Like Vandy running back Zac Stacy, Rajaan had a special-needs little brother whom he cared for.
Forget that Rajaan was a four-star recruit and Bobby Johnson's highest rated prep player ever. He was a hero who apparently died protecting his mother and the rest of his family.
This just hurts. Our prayers go out to Bennett's family and everybody at McEachern High School.