Donald Gist – the brother-in-law of Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benajamin – was shot and killed in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday afternoon. According to Queen City police, Gist’s shooting occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. at a Mini Mart in the 2100 block of Beatties Ford Road.
Gist is the brother of South Carolina circuit court judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin.
The circumstances surrounding Gist’s shooting were not immediately clear, although local television station WCNC TV reports that Gist and the as-yet-unnamed shooter did not know each other.
“The shock and sadness of past few hours have been difficult to bear,” said Benjamin – who was traveling in Aspen, Colorado. “We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother.”
Obviously this website can’t stand Benjamin (a.k.a. “Mayorhood”) but we don’t wish this sort of tragedy on anyone …
Accordingly, we’ll keep his family in our prayers.