Funeral arrangements announced for slain McEachern RB Rajaan Bennett

Rajaan Bennett (McEachern HS)

Rajaan Bennett (McEachern HS)

Funeral arrangements have been announced for McEachern High football star Rajaan Bennett, who was shot to death last week.

Visitation has been scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Powder Springs. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, and has been moved from FBC to nearby Trinity Church Chapel of Georgia to “accommodate a larger crowd, if needed,” according to McEachern athletics director Jimmy Dorsey said.

The interment will follow at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park in Marietta.

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February 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

A damn shame. Seemed like a good kid.


February 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

Goodbye our young prince, may you now reign in heaven with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You now get to play with Walter Payton and many of the other great stars of football who have entered the greatest arena ever known to showcase their skills to a heavenly host. May you do well!


February 22nd, 2010
5:32 pm

WOW!!! Yep he seemed like a good kid. He had a 3.8 GPA, the Principal of the school only said great things about him, his coach almost broke down and cried on tv and he was well liked by classmates. Those that attended the candle lighting outside of his home was very diversed. Our society lost an asset. I wonder how the mother is feeling? Knowing that your ex-BOYFRIEND killed your son. Ummmm I wonder if she had any inkling that her boyfriend eas jealous of her son. Could this tradgedy been avoided? Do some women need a man so bad are willing to deal with anything? WOW


February 22nd, 2010
5:57 pm

Emma there’s no need for that mess. I’m sure the lady feels horrible enough. She has to live with this the rest of her life. She cannot go back and change what happened. It is very sad that ex was such a idiot instead of being a great father figure. Not just to the mother, but to any parent, always remember no one comes before your child. protect your child by any means. God Bless this family.

Shawn Harris

February 22nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Wonderful response BDawg. I couldn’t have said it better.


February 22nd, 2010
6:26 pm

My heart broke when I saw this story on the news! My heart goes out to his family, friends, peers, coaches and teachers. The man who killed him was a coward! What a huge loss to the family and to the community he lived and college community. No blame to the mom as he was the “ex” boyfriend. Noone can blame her because she didn’t pull the trigger. People should stop judging, accusing and assuming because they did not know what went on. May Rajaan rest in peace – God Bless young soldier!!

Mr Scott

February 22nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Emma, I am someone that is somewhat close to this situation. I know facts about this murder that the news media will never report. ( to graphic) I watched this young man play ball every Friday night. My twins have classes with him. For you to make these kinds of remarks about his mother is quite disturbing to me to say the least. The boyfriend was an EX for a reason. The reason is that she DID have an “inkling” and took step to get that madman out of their lives for her own safety and the safety of her children. She did everything in the world to prevent that night from happening. She did NOT need a man so bad. All she needed was her children. HOW DARE YOU… And to use your final word,,,, WOW!!

Ms. Harris

February 22nd, 2010
6:48 pm

Mr. Scott, thank you for your comments. As a single mother with two boys, I understand the tough position between being a mom and being a “dating” mom. My son idolized Rajaan. He played for the Jr. Indians football team and had a great conversation with Rajaan after one of McEachern’s many winning games. Rajaan was so down to earth and was so kind to my boy. I had the pleasure of watching the varsity football team practice before my son’s team practiced. Most of the young men had such great, positive energy. My son’s dad is dead and, much like Rajaan was, my son is the “man of the house.” I cannot imagine the pain Ms. Bennett is going through. I pray that God gives her strength and I pray for her to find some peace. She is in the hearts and thoughts of many, as are her children and family. Kudos, Mr. Scott.


February 22nd, 2010
7:24 pm

A truly damn shame. Didnt know any more than has been in paper. Live in Cols, Ga., was an athelete, am a father. People wake up. The value of human life this day in time is not even an after thought to many who walk our streets. A loss like this, good good kid, future in his hands, looking to improve not only himself, but everyone around him, is so senseless, so DAMN senseless. God works in very mysterious ways,and may his family, and friends realize this as they trudge foward. Dont let Rajaan go in vain. Somebody pick up his torch, and carry it…….please, for all of our sakes….pick it up and carry it. God bless the family. Sincerely……PEACE be with you all.


February 22nd, 2010
7:28 pm

With respects to Rajaan, whom I didn’t know personally, but he is a part of the McEachern family, a family I too was a part of, I believe this is something he would believe in, if not say, and this is for you Emma. No one, I mean No one always knows the troubles that life my bring, No one but Christ, and with Christ there’s always a greater good, even in what appears to be the worse of circumstance. If we as human could look at a person, look beyond what their saying, look beyond their current actions and see a menace to society, there wouldn’t be any crime or injustice. But the reality is you can’t, not even you, you can’t walk out the door and say, hey this guy or girl is crazy, sometimes there are signs, once noticed its up to you to get out, from this story, the mother did, but getting out only helps so much, especially when you don’t know the mental mindset of the individual your dealing with. I have been coached by Dorsey before he was the Athletic director, our director at the time was Mr. Lenihan, Mr. Lenihan changed my like and he doesn’t even know it, what Dorsey said to Rajaan in his last hours probably did the same even in death, and Dorsey doesn’t throw praise around like some people can say I love you and not mean it, Dorsey said something he believed, he believed in a young man that believed in his family, his mother, his brother, his sister, a young man that died protecting them no matter what the media says. Thats a mother who raised her children right, thats a mother that did the best she could for them, and in return got the best from them, its a disgrace to hear someone say differently, especially when judging. Remember your still living in this life, like Rajaan is in another, he wll be judged rightfully so on the life he lived in this life by the proper judge, you will be judged by that same judge one day. As that judge believed, you shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house, trust me we all do, but we all don’t chose to throw stones, nor should you.


February 22nd, 2010
8:02 pm

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, that GOD will guide them and comfort them in the days, weeks and months ahead. As for the comments made by Emma, you don’t know the whole situtation, PLEASE don’t judge the mother. The word of GOD says “judge not, lest ye be judge” The coward, broke into the family’s home. Pray for this family, for this mother who has lost her son.
May GOD contine to wrap this family up in HIS arms of Love.

Yancy B

February 22nd, 2010
8:18 pm

Shame on you Emma! This was truly a callous act on your part. God bless this family always and forever.


February 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

It’s very easy to judge, unless you have walked in those shoes, your comment is baseless.

God may you continue to be with this family in their darkest hour, and know this tragedy was not in vain.

Stacey B.

February 22nd, 2010
9:08 pm

I pray for you and your ignorance. Ms. Bennett was my classmate as well as her late husband. Shortly after her husband was killed she did the best she could to provide for her children. Rajaan was very protective of his mother and took his role as man of the house to heart. His only mission was to make things better for his family. He knew that is what his father would have wanted. I know for a fact his mother did not date for a while because she did not want to parade men around her children. Her brother was very active in his life. She saw the red flags, that is why she ended the relationship. This fool knew her child was her world and he was truly selfish. Emma, I hope you never have to have such a tragedy in your life before you have some mercy. I pray for you and your foolish heart.


February 22nd, 2010
9:19 pm

Emma, I agree with you. We have to protect our children at all costs. Too many women sacrifice their children for men, etc. We see it every day in our community. Shame, shame, shame. Peace.


February 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm

We need more Role Models like Rajaan in our communities. He was an asset to athletes throughout the country.I was looking forward to watching him through his College Career. Maybe this tragedy will help show what a problem domestic violence is in our society. There’s always a reason something like this happens even if we can’t explain it.




February 22nd, 2010
9:54 pm

Emma, JJ.
All I have to say is GOD BLESS the both of you. This family is in terrible pain all they need are words of encouragement and prayers. If the both of you didn’t have any thing good to say you should have kept it to yourself. Ms Bennett I am truly sorry for your lost and may you and your family find peace in the days to come. Sometime we may ask ourseleves why? GOD KNOWS!!!!!!! It’s nothing that you did wrong, please forgive yourself and find peace…..

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Gladys Glenn

February 22nd, 2010
11:49 pm

I ask how can people be so mean ? @ a time like this. I lost my eldest daughter 3 1/2 years ago to stomach cancer . She was 41 years-old. A good girl, a great mother,a great daughter and most of all she was my friend. I still hurt for her and I hurt for this mother. I thought the greatess pain I would ever encounter in my life was at the age of 24 yrs. old when I lost my mother. However, the pain of loosing a child is un-explainable. This mother is hurting and if you can’t hurt with her hold all your negative thoughts to yourself. This mother did put her child first that is why they list this man as an ( EX ). This was a good boy and had a great future ahead of him. I believe with all my heart that if there was any way this mother could have prevented this tragedy she would have. I prayed to GOD and asked him to let my child live and take me. GOD said this battle is not yours it’s the LORD’S. Let’s come together for this mother and keep her lifted up in prayer. Let’s not crumble her up with negativness. Remember it could be either one of us at any given time. EMMA I will keep you in my prayers and I pray that the newspaper would remove your comment. Your comment is very hurtful just to read it.


February 22nd, 2010
11:57 pm

I cant believe ppl can be as heartless as emma & jj. i dont know this family personally, but just by reading the comments posted by those who did, i refuse to believe that this dear mother would even consider putting a man before her child. my GOD be with her and her family. no human words can comfort her enough. may she know that our FATHER is the ultimate comforter and she can surely lean on HIM. to emma & jj, i will pray that you realize your comments are hurtful and unnecessary. to rajaan, rest in peace dear heart.


February 23rd, 2010
8:01 am

once again people speak outof both sides of their mouth. I did not know this family and therefore I am not in a position to criticize them. As I understand it the man was an ex and ex means he was no longer in the family’s life. Most importantly he was not let in the house he broke in. As a woman I will say we all have met someone who was very deceptive initially. And, like the majority of women, I left the situation as soon as I found out. We must never forget that rich people, poor people, famous and non-famous have all crossed paths with someone deceptive. In most cases it does not go this far.

What troubles me is that I have not heard one person say LETS START A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE PEOPLE TO THE SIGNS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. Or on when it is time to leave. Instead we spend time Monday morning 1/4 backing. These incidents are happening with increasing frequency. IF YOU DONT HAVE A SOLUTION SHUT UP.

Jordan Burge (mhs16]

February 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

uhhh , rajaan was amazing.
funny , good guy.
couldnt be touched on the field .
he was in my 2nd period weight training class on even day…
haha he use to play his ipod everyday . first song that always came on was all the above.
now that song reminds me of him :/
welllll im just lettin you know that your gone Ray but your never forgotten.
we love and miss you rajaan .
rest in peace.
– mhs = one BIGG family.


February 23rd, 2010
8:40 pm

God bless this family.I pray for this young man and his family. Another great football player gone far too soon. May he rest in peace and play football in heaven with another great football player Steve McNair.


February 23rd, 2010
9:39 pm

My deepest and heart felt condolences are extended to the family and spirit of Rajaan. May God be with you and watch over the family during these tragic times. You were a fine young man who left this earth too soon.


February 23rd, 2010
10:34 pm

Comments from people like Emma and JJ are easily explainable. They are called sociopaths and are the bane of humankind.

God Bless this mother and her family.

Carol Longino

February 24th, 2010
2:31 pm

I have a 16 years old granddaughter that goes too school in atlanta, I live in Mississippi, my daughter told me about this infortunate tradegy which touch my heart dearly because i have children and grands and you have too feel the pain. I am praying daily for the family to keep God shield around them and comfort to get them thr this stuff time, It seems hard now , just turst God in knowing he makes no mistakes. The young record speaks for him and God want only beautiful Rose for his Rose Garden, please excuse all mistakes I am so full at the moment. He will give you all strength and peace with this, just ask him each day for the peace and strength. We all want to live a long time but some of us are chosen by God for a short time, I am lost two nephews one at six years old and one at 17, natural and car accident. Be assured in knowing
God hand was here with you and will always will be with you. Turst him and do not doubt his word. Remember his son Jesus and how his death was. That will give you comfort. My granddaughter is coming to the funeral for support of the your son, not sure if she knew him personally. Just showing love, We love you Trust God, lean on him, and with much prayer you will get through this. Carol Longino P.O.Box 248 New Hebron, Ms. 39140 God Bless


February 24th, 2010
6:20 pm

God comfort and HEAL this family!!!!!


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7:53 pm

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February 27th, 2010
10:26 am

Emma & JJ: 1. Definition of “EX” = Outside; out of; away from. 2. Definition of “Break-IN” = To force or make a way through; puncture or penetrate. 3. Definition of “Judge” = To pass sentence on; condemn.
When we hear a tragedy such as this, our first response should be to pray! What comfort this mother will need after losing a spouse and now a son…enough to take most over the edge! I know of only ONE who can comfort this type of pain…I pray you know HIM as well. Regardless of the situation HE has the power to heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). NO MAN knows when their time will come to put their pencils down, turn their papers over, and lay their heads on their desks and wait until others finish THEIR test. With our pencils still in hand, let’s inspire, uplift and cover one another (in prayer) while we are still being tested!


February 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

You are at peace now baby. I hope your legacy change the heart and lives of those who are touched by your untimely death. You were a special gift. I know we will understand it better by and by. May God give your family the strength they will need for the days that lie ahead. We didn’t have to know you to love you. We thank God for your life and your humble spirit.

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