McEachern High schoolâ€™s running back Rajaan Bennett was murdered, his death has shaken his family, friends and fans. Keep reading to know the biography about this talented young man, plus take a look at some Rajaan Bennett photos and video below.
Rajaan Bennett was a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida born on October 20, 1991. He later moved to Power Springs with his mother Narjaketha Bennett and his three siblings. His father Charles died a couple of years ago. He studied at McEachern High School where he was on the football team, he was a dangerous running back with his 210 lbs and 5â€™11â€ť, broad shoulders and strong legs who made him one of McEachern Indians’ most powerful players.
In his junior year at McEachern he rushed 1,001 yards and had 12 touchdowns. In 2009-2010 as a senior he rushed 1,800 yards and had 28 touchdowns.
â€śI can be a power-back or a scat-back. I can also catch and block and do whatever is needed from me. Iâ€™m very versatile. I want to improve my breakaway speed. I think Iâ€™m pretty fast but Iâ€™m trying to lower my 40 time.â€ť said Rajaan.
He was supposed to graduate this year, he already had received many college proposals from Wisconsin, East Carolina, Minnesota, Louisville and Tennessee, but he decided to sign with Vanderbilt in January 2010.
He was already being compared to great NFL running backs like Knowshon Moreno, but sadly the world would never get to see this incredible athlete anymore.
On Thursday, Rajaan was shot to death by his motherâ€™s ex boyfriend Clifton O’Neal Steage, who later shot himself also in the head. His mother and uncle rushed out of the house when he started shooting, Rajaan’s uncle was shot, but not badly.
Rajaan was a great normal guy, who loves to hear rap music, watch his favorites t.v shows like Fringe and 24 as well as football games. His favorite was the Falcons and among his favorite football players were Larry Johnson, Reggie Bush and Walter Payton. He was senior captain at McEachern who was going to graduate this year with honors; he was also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. His death has affected millions of people for not just that he was a great player but a marvelous young man.
"Rajaan was an extraordinary young man and an ideal fit for Vanderbilt University," Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson said in a statement. "Initially, our thoughts and prayers are with his mother Narjaketha and family members. I know he meant so much to them."
Take a look at some of Rajaan Photos and video below
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