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One killed in Sampson County hunting accident

Posted December 28, 2009

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— A Benson man was killed in a Christmas Eve hunting accident on a Sampson County hunting reserve, authorities said Monday.

Edward Allen Raynor Jr., 28, was with a group hunting deer on private property about 3 miles outside of Garland when he was shot and killed by Sanford Walter Smith, a member of the same hunting party, at about 2 p.m. Dec. 24, said Sgt. Andrew Waldrop of the state Wildlife Resources Commission.

Waldrop said the shooting remains under investigation, and officers plan to meet with local prosecutors to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in the case.

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  • boingc Dec 29, 2009

    "This blog is filled with Salem witch hunters who enjoy stirring a pot.

    FYI, if you don't know the family or details of the death, don't make assumptions or assanine comments.

    Bugg off!"

    Perhaps you don't understand that this is a comment section, where people come to comment on the news stories...

    While I don't agree with everything people post, they have a right to post and I don't call their comments "assanine" just because I don't agree with them.

    If there is a comment you consider "assanine" then perhaps you can offer some thoughtful, intelligent reply with your views.

    To tell people not to comment in a comment section is, in and of itself, "assanine."

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    What is a Salem witch hunter?

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Dec 29, 2009

    I mean buzz off!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Dec 29, 2009

    This blog is filled with Salem witch hunters who enjoy stirring a pot.

    FYI, if you don't know the family or details of the death, don't make assumptions or assanine comments.

    Bugg off!

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    Every hunting accident is not an accident. Sometimes it is intentionally, bad to say. Just know who you are hunting with. Be very safe and follow the rules of hunting.

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    Is the husband still friends with the family of his best friend?

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    boingc - you made a good comment.

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    I understand what happened my husband was in a hunting accident kind of like this one.

    What was the husband charges? Was he charged with murder?

  • boingc Dec 29, 2009

    "my husband accidently shot his best friend and he died. Its one of those things that sometimes you can't help."

    Uh, 99% of the time you can prevent it by following proper hunting safety procedures -- which many hunters only follow 'most' of the time.

    If your husband shot and killed his best friend while hunting you might want to rethink your statement about him being "a very good hunter." If he was "a very good hunter" then he wouldn't have shot and killed his best friend...

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    Anyone hunting that cannot tell a human being from a deer or any other animal should not be allowed to hunt. PERIOD! May the investigators get to the bottom of this.

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