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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