McEachern schedules Wednesday memorial service for Rajaan Bennett

Rajaan Bennett (McEachern HS)

Rajaan Bennett (McEachern HS)

McEachern High School will have a memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday for Rajaan Bennett, the football star who was shot to death last Thursday.

Visitation has been tentatively planned for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, with the Bennett’s funeral the next day at 11 a.m. Saturday — both at First Baptist Church of Powder Springs. However, the venue could be changed to Trinity Chapel Church of God because it has a larger sanctuary.

McEachern athletics director Jimmy Dorsey said the site will likely be determined on Monday. “We’re expecting a large crowd, so we’re studying the options, and then Rajaan’s mother will make the final decision.”

Dorsey said McEachern has been overwhelmed by people mailing checks and calling the school, donating toward Bennett’s funeral costs.

“I was almost about to lose faith in mankind after what happened to Rajaan,” Dorsey said. “Then you see the generosity of people, many of them complete strangers, and it restores your faith.

“You always look for something good to come out something awful, and this is doing it. It has shown us that there are a heckuva’ lot more good people than bad people in this world, and that’s encouraging.”

With Bennett’s death making national headlines, a businessman in Washington D.C., read about it and called Dorsey on Friday with an offer to cover all funeral costs. “This person was really touched by Rajaan’s story, and called us out of the blue,” he said. “We talked, and we’re waiting to get more information about costs before calling him back.”

Over the weekend, Dorsey helped the family look for a new rental house, and they’ve narrowed down to 2-3 locations. “As you can imagine, Rajaan’s mother never wants to go back in that house again.”

Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson is expected to speak at Wednesday’s service, held at the school gym. Bennett signed a football scholarship with Vanderbilt earlier this month.

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20 comments Add your comment

Patrick Romano

February 21st, 2010
10:56 pm

Damn Shame folk won’t stop shooting innocent people…Stop The Damn Violence & let these kids live!

Don KeBallz

February 21st, 2010
11:24 pm

What a sad story but from this will come a lot beautiful gestures from the McEachern family !


February 21st, 2010
11:54 pm

I think it’s a shame when you have a young man of this caliber, doing all things right and this happens! We need to stop the senseless killing of our young men.


February 22nd, 2010
3:10 am

i’m there, it doesn’t cost a dime to show respect…r.i.p. rajaan #5

coach do the right thing and retire his number until someone is deemed worthy of wearing that jersey number, someone that has the same on and off the field character and ability….just my opinion


February 22nd, 2010
9:13 am

I agree with you truUGAfan. His number should be retired. He was a great example of what a student-athelete should be. RIP young man!!

others hurt

February 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

its a tragedy to what happen to both families. you have two mothers who lost their son. I pray for both families. When will the truth of the situation come out, because I know Clifton, and I know he was not crazy and he would not just shoot a kid and his uncle for no reason. He was suppporting their family and also supported Raashad by attending the meeting to sign for the kids scholarship to Vandy. This is a terrible situation for everyone

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February 22nd, 2010
12:52 pm

its sad dhat sumone wit great qualities and talent was killed over non sence he had such a life ahead of hem r.i.p sweetheart never forgotten


February 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Othershurt- correction, his name was RAJAAN and I find it hard to believe you support the shooter. I think he was selfish to take Rajaan from us and he is indeed a crazy man for doing so. He shoot them because of a stupid reason. RIP RJB

others hurt

February 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

to #5willneverdie, what was the stupid reason, because it has not been published, so if you know what it is, enlighten me. why would a mother let a crazy man take RAJAAN to sign his scholarship papers for vandy? what’s really going on? Why did her son get shot instead of her, if it was a domestic issue? I don’t support violence at all,especially when it involves children, but I feel something is not being said, because as I stated before, I know Clifton and have known him for many years, and he is not crazy, maybe something happened that made him crazy. So whats the stupid reason?!!!!!!


February 22nd, 2010
10:28 pm

reports where they recently broke up ‘others hurt’, what better way to get back than to take her most valuable treasure here on earth. There was obviously something wrong with Clifton. If I were you I would stop posting about the “why’s” you say you knew him but you’re not coming across as such.


February 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

othershurt i am a friend of rajaan and the guy was very jealous of rajaan his mother broke up with him and this is what happened

keepit real

February 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

Others hurt: What makes another man want to kill aonther man? This guy (whatever is his name does not matter) broke into these people home. Why? Stop being STUPID and realize this guy was a demon possesed FOOL! I’m sure his momma did not raise him to be a FOOL but that is what he became. A STUPID, DEMONIC, MURDERING FOOL!

others hurt

February 23rd, 2010
7:35 am

Say what you may, A man does not become a fool over nite and why would anyone let a demonic fool in their life. He was good up until a week ago, So keepit real, you stop being STUPID, because I would not send a jealous demonic murderer to sign contracts with my son, would you? I believe all of you really know what happened and no one is saying. Why would Cliff be so jealous? And to guest, I will never stop asking why? You apparently didn’t know what was going on in that house, or maybe you really didn’t know Rajaan! I don’t support any killing of anybody.It is a tragedy, but as I stated before two mothers, lost their son. and I am sure Cliff mother is hurting for her son and also for Rajaan’s mother.


February 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

I too knew Clifton and we dated for sometime. I also do not understand why he did what he did (and probably will never know), as he never showed any of those tendencies towards myself. I feel absolutely horrible for the Rajann’s mother and for Clifton’s mother and family.

Guest TJ

February 24th, 2010
8:00 am

All you Clifton admirers – you guys sound as crazy as what he did. Anybody can snap and that is exactly what he did. I wish he has just shot himself in the damn head and spared this family all that he did to them. I hope he rots in HELL!

others hurt

February 24th, 2010
10:15 am

uh Guest T J, Yes I am a Clifton lover and also a Jesus lover and so with your perfect self, get rid of the anger and hatred because that is probably what knocked Clifton off his square. Keep being angry and you will probably shoot someone yourself and dont forget to shoot yourself too. Clifton has a family and all of us hurt for him and Rajaans family, believe me we are so sorry for what happened regardless why.

What's your Point

February 24th, 2010
8:29 pm

Wow!! I thought when I read this headline it was about the memorial service for Rajaan Bennett…The WHY of what happen will not bring Rajaan back, the WhAT made him snap won’t bring Rajaan back either so I really don’t think this is the place to play detective…If you knew him or know his family I am sure they can give you more answers than anyone on this post ever could…It’s a very sad situation and yes there is going to be anger and hatred towards the person that took the life of such a promising young man that had a great future ahead of him…My GOD is a forgiving GOD and If you are a Jesus lover how can you tell someone to shoot themselves and anyone else for that matter…I didn’t know either one of them but my son knew of Rajaan because he went to school with him and I want to send my prayers out to Rajaan’s family..Be Blessed..


February 25th, 2010
8:15 am

Thank you What’s your point for stating the obvious. It’s true we will never know they why’s of the situation but it’s not for us to know. I personally know the Bennett Family and have dealt with them for years being that he used to stay at my house and he and my son were very close still. We all know that everything happens for a reason and if you were at his Memorial Service at McEachern last night you can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel. They read an essay that Rajaan had wrote and in this essay it’s almost like the child knew something was going to happen just from writing those words that he did. I was so touched and hurt at the same time but hearing it kind of gave me a little peace. I can honestly say that I had been asking myself why him because to know Rajaan you just couldn’t help but love him. Right now everyone is hurting even people who didn’t know him are hurting. This child touched so many lives and it’s sad that it took something like this to bring us all together. He will forever live on in our hearts and he is truly a role model because he exhibited that trait in him.

Be Blessed

others hurt

February 25th, 2010
9:10 am

I was stating the obvious to guest t j, anything can make a normally sane compassionate person, lose it. But, I wanted you to see how anger,can happen to anyone. Forgive my statement of killing your self but i just wanted you to see how easy hatred could overpower your thoughts and take you to a place, you would ever think you could go. Forgive the tragedy, and release your anger, wishing someone burns in hell is a statement of anger. Please release your anger and be supportive of those you love. Remember it only takes a second of bad decisions, to ruin your entire life. May God bless you and allow you to be released from a spirit of anger, and add forgiveness. Cliftons family is hurting, just as you and others. Find a place in your heart to pray for Clifton’s family as well, that will help you get over the tragedy. I will be praying for you and others who are mad and sad over Rajaan, but find in your heart a way to pray for Cliftons family also. They are hurting also. I love you and Rajaan, even in spite of not knowing you.May God bless everyone involved and give us peace.