Shooting victim's family struggles with funeral costs



The family of the man killed on Saturday at an East Boundary apartment complex is asking for help to pay funeral costs.

Doniel Jamal Hicks, 24, was shot once in the chest outside River Glen apartments. Hicks’ brother, Kennie Eberhart, Jr., said the family is having difficulty raising money for funeral costs, although a burial has been scheduled for Friday with C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home.

The funeral home director, Charlie Reid, said the family currently owes about $1,127.

“Right now we’re just trying to get by and trying to be strong for our momma,” Eberhart said. “We’re trying to get the money, but we can’t afford a funeral.”

Police are searching for Christopher Gary Smith, 24, of the 100 block of East Aumour Street in relation to the shooting, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Blaise Dresser.

Hicks leaves behind two children, ages two and three, his mother and three brothers.

Eberhart said Hicks was a quiet person but one who always put family first.

Anyone willing to donate to the funeral can call C.A. Reid Funeral Home at (706) 724-7594.