Donald Gist Jr., the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, was shot and killed Friday afternoon, according to a statement from Benjamin’s spokesman.
Gist was also the brother of Fifth Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin. Gist is survived by his wife and son.
The Gist and Benjamin families released a statement late Friday night:
“The shock and sadness of past few hours have been difficult to bear. We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived his wife, son sister and a host of loving relatives. We will continue to lean on our faith in Almighty God and each other as we try to make sense of this tragedy. We thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and we ask for your continued prayers in the days and weeks to come”