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A young couple in Georgia were allegedly shot and killed by a longtime family acquaintance outside a home they’d planned to move into together, according to the victims’ parents.
Daniel Payton Brinson, 22, is accused of shooting and killing Destiney Hope Kight, 18, and Charles Jaylon Garrett, 18, last month. He’s been charged with two counts of murder. Warrants were issued for his arrest on May 5. He was previously taken into custody by Marietta Police Department days after the suspected shooting on unrelated charges.
On April 23, deputies were dispatched to a home in Wrightsville, Georgia after reports of two deceased individuals. Kight and Garrett were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A motive in the double murder hasn’t been released by authorities. The U.S. Marshals Service, including a number of county and state law enforcement agencies, are actively working the case.
Garrett and Brinson knew each other, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
No additional information was immediately available. A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation declined to comment when contacted by Oxygen.com Tuesday.
Relatives said the couple were slain outside a home they soon planned to move into.
"The smile, the look in their eyes, you know they loved one another," Will Newsome, Kight's father, told WMAZ.
“It's not only what was taken from us, but it was what was taken from them," added Kight's mother, Tosha Newsome.
News of the apparent double murder has particularly baffled Kight’s parents, who said Brinson was “close” with their family.
"We had heard rumors and his name had come up in rumors, but when I actually got confirmation that it was him, it was a shock,” Tosha Newsome said. “I couldn't believe someone so close to the family could be the cause of us not having her anymore."
Kight’s father also explained the family has known the Brinsons for generations.
"I grew up around his family all my life. His daddy, brother, uncles, I grew up with every one of them. They raised him right. I don't know. He went astray or something."
Brinson is being held without bond at a Cobb County detention center, according to online jail records. He’s also facing a trio of felony drug charges.
No attorney information was immediately available for the accused 22-year-old.
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