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Columbia Mayor’s Brother-In-Law Shot And Killed

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…

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.

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27 comments

Huh? December 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

Just curious. How do they know that he did not know his attacker? Why so eager to point that out so early in the investigation?

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nitrat December 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

Especially since every news source other than the one noted reports they did.

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euwe max December 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

the shooter probably said “I didn’t shoot that guy – I’ve never seen him before in my life!”

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idcydm December 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

From the State…”The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence, as the shooter and the male victim appear to have known each other, Charlotte police said.”

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BrigidBernadette December 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Yes, everything I read said he knew his attacker and it was not random.

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QuantaviousDeshante' December 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

It makes you wonder. Could it have been a drug deal, especially given the rumors of Hizonner’s appreciation for white powdery substances, as well as similar appreciations attributed to his former police chief?

Or could it be he was a victim of one of these?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJAVR5xGWE8

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Capt. Chucktown December 8, 2013 at 4:18 am

Sounds like a black legal issue or perhaps, some other collateral issue, perhaps math, circular in form…definitively, not good though, sadness.
http://www.blacklegalissues.com/Article_Details.ASPX?ARTCLID=fc012b6ff8

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Woodward December 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

The article also did not state who the attacker was and whether he was apprehended. Great reporting.

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euwe max December 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I hope the anti-gun nuts don’t notice a gun was involved.

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The Colonel December 9, 2013 at 7:36 am

Would you rather be beaten to death with an axe or shot?

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Smirks December 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

That depends on where on the body you are axed/shot. :P

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euwe max December 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’d rather be put in a body bag with ice until I’m dead… no wait! I’d rather be hung by my wrists and my legs beaten with a baton until a blood clot… no.. no wait! drowned by degrees… beaten unconscious and revived with meth.. yeah.. that’s what I’d rather… but if I can’t get that, I’d rather slide down a mile-long razor blade…

How about you? What’s your fantasy?

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Columbia PD December 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Folks, you malignant, bald dweeb, nobody wants your “prayers” you hypocrite.

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T-Bone Benji December 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Are you going to threaten to track him down for expressing his opinions like Chief Cue Ball did? You dumbass!

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nyuknyuknyuk!!! December 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Crickets in the media about the whole story. The “word” must have gone out that it was not to be covered.

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Squishy123 December 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

T-Bone on ski’s, what’s a black man doing in Aspen, CO?

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Lawdymercy December 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

Dat’s whea de white womenz is at.

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Squishy123 December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Did he take Chief Shorty with him?

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Marie Harrison December 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Maybe Steve and his bro-in-law both had a substance abuse problem. It only hurts the families.

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sweettea December 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Why is the Mayor of Columbia on the fringe of so many criminal investigations? His car accident the night after he was elected, his rumored involvement with SC State University, the real estate partnership currently under investigation and now his brother-in-law is shot and killed? Even his wife’s election to the Circuit Court was not without incident. Wake up Richland County and City of Columbia residents!

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Jay Ellington December 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

You forgot to mention the LexCo ring.

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Jay Ellington December 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Probably a hit.

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Sam December 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

Anybody know about the arrest record for Donald E. Gist in Fulton County? 7/05/06.

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Cynthia December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

And according to Rich. Cty. judicial, the 1998 case for violation for probation. Oh, and that open container arrest in 2004? Many more.

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lindsey g December 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

And that arrest for breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

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theblooms December 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I wonder if T-Bone’s wife let this thug out on parole like she did with one of Kelly Hunnewell’s murderers.

Oh what sweet justice if that were the case.

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scotty December 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

Shooter has a nice past including drug dealing. Mr. Gist father has a past history for physical abuse in a parking lot. Obit only list family. I guess other then the family he never did anything but get him self murdered?

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