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Family plans funeral for shooting victim Raynard Daniels


An Albany family is planning a funeral for a young man gunned down in a triple murder in Atlanta Sunday night as police continue to search for the killer.

 It's a tough time for the family of 19-year-old Raynard Daniels.

"Everyone is holding up. Everyone is fine. It's hard, but everyone is pulling through and holding it together," says Kim Daniels, Raynard's sister.

Daniels was one of three people originally from Albany who were killed in metro Atlanta this week. His mom says he just visited Albany over the weekend.

"The last time I saw my son was Saturday. He hugged me and told me he loved me and that was the last time I had seen him," says Mary Daniels, Raynard's mom.

Raynard's Sister, Kim Daniels, says he was a great person, who was known for his sense of humor. She says Raynard moved to Atlanta just a few months ago to be closer to his girlfriend, and was staying with his Godmother Angelina Benton, who was also shot and killed.

 "He was funny. He always made everyone laugh. He was just a joy and always loved to live life freely. He was very ambitious," says Daniels.

Mary Daniels, Raynard's mom, says she was sad to learn about Benton's death.  Benton's 12-year-old son, Joseph McDonald was also killed. She says Benton moved to Gwinnett County for a new job.

"She was like a mother to him. When he was in need she would help him. When I couldn't go to the school, she would go out there for me sometimes," says Mary Daniels, Raynard's mom.

Benton allowed a down-on-their-luck couple to stay with her. Now police are searching for that man.  They say Robert Bell shot the two young men in Benton's house, then shot Benton in her front yard.  Mary Daniels hopes police find the killer soon.

"We don't completely have that kind of closure knowing he's still out there on the streets," says Mary Daniels.

Raynard would have celebrated his 20th birthday next month.

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