Vanderbilt recruit killed in murder-suicide

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A Vanderbilt football recruit was killed early Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide at his family's home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The incident happened overnight in Powder Springs, Ga., about 25 miles west of Atlanta.

Police identified one of the deceased as Rajaan Bennett, 18, who two weeks ago signed to play football next fall at Vanderbilt.

Bennett played for the McEachern High School football team, rushing for 1,857 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior captain. He was a member of multiple area and regional all-star teams.

Police said they responded to an early-morning 911 call from the home, with someone whispering that they needed help. Officers arrived about four minutes later and heard gunshots when they approached the home, Powders Springs police Major Charles Spann told the newspaper.

Two adults, one injured, and two youths then fled the house. Police entered and found two people dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

"The 39-year-old suspect was also found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," Powder Springs police Lt. Matt Boyd said. He was identified as Clifton O'Neal Steager, a former boyfriend of Narjaketha Bennett, Rajaan Bennett's mother.