“Swingin’ for Deonn” softball tournament supports fallen disabled man’s family

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus community remembers a beloved local man while raising money for his family. 31-year-old Deonn Carter passed away in August a few weeks after he was shot in the leg in an attempted robbery.

Carter’s mother, Suzette Ragland, is pleased about the turnout for the first ever “Swingin’ for Deonn” softball tournament.

“It warms a person’s heart to know that there are people that still care because we got so much hate in the world these days and so to know that others care and they’re going to still care after the fact, it means a lot,” she said.

17 teams participated in the softball tournament held at South Commons.

“Deon was like a little brother to me.  He’s been in my life for a very long time.  We were very close and I can see him now.  His smile from ear to ear and he’s having a blast just watching,” said organizer Ashley Herron.

Carter’s friends started planning the softball tournament while he was still in the hospital, but Ragland says Carter was still very much present on the softball field Saturday.  Carter is remembered as being a friend to everyone and was especially supportive of law enforcement.  He was also a beloved Piggly Wiggly bagger.

The money raised from the softball tournament will go to Ragland for things such as her missing work while Carter was in the hospital.


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