Family friend remembers Tifton shooting victim

Family friend remembers Tifton shooting victim
Danny Gaskins Jr. is a friend of Rachel Jordan. (Source: WALB)
Danny Gaskins Jr. is a friend of Rachel Jordan. (Source: WALB)

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A family friend of a Tifton woman who died after being shot multiple times this week speaks out about her life.

Our partners at the Tifton Gazette reported it happened Tuesday at Rachel Jordan's home on Old Brookfield Road.

Danny Gaskins tells us he attended Rachel Jordan's visitation Saturday.

He describes Jordan as a mother-figure to him, and said seeing her at the viewing, made her shooting death that much more real.

"Rachel was the kind of person that, she would invite you inside of her home and would sit you down for a nice meal," said Gaskins.

Gaskins has known Rachel Jordan and her family for more than 15 years.

"If you needed a friend to talk to she would be that person that would give you someone to talk too," said Gaskins.

He remembers the moment he got the news of her death.

"When I got the phone call from Rachel's nephew Jimmy, and he actually called me and said "Danny I need you to sit down, I've got some bad news for you" and that's when I found out that she had been shot," said Gaskins.

Tift County's coroner said someone shot Jordan several times Tuesday.

She was pronounced dead at Tift Regional Hospital.

According to the coroner, the person who shot Jordan then turned the gun on himself.

"It's just really tragic to try to take in and you know try to let it sink in because somebody like that, really didn't deserve what they got," said Gaskins.

"Her memory will last on that's for sure she will never be forgotten," said Gaskins.

Gaskins said while Jordan's life was cut short, he plans to keep in touch with her family during this time.

"They're very strong people and I want all the thoughts and prayers to go out to them and their family in their time of need because she didn't deserve this," said Gaskins.

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