Family of Macon Man Speaks Out About Columbus Shooting Death

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Updated: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:23:25 EST

The family of a Macon man shot and killed in Columbus on Tuesday, say they believe the shooting wasn't just a random act of violence, but their loved one was not the target.

Police say 23-year-old Dior Cheney was shot in the head and killed Tuesday while he and his friend 32-year-old Travis Porter drove down Head Street in Columbus. Porter is hospitalized in what police call "unsatisfactory condition."

Cheney's great-grandmother Jessie Smith says Cheney left for Columbus with Porter, who is also his neighbor, around 5 p.m. Tuesday. She doesn't know the details of the shooting, but says Porter may have been involved in a fatal car accident in the past, and someone was out for revenge.

"He had, I don't know, killed somebody's brother down there in Columbus, and they said if he ever come back down there, they were going to kill him," Smith said.

A check of the Georgia Department of Corrections website shows Porter has prior convictions in Muscogee County for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, theft, making terroristic threats, and obstruction.

Porter had two stints in state prison and was most recently released in June 2012.

Neighbors living on Cheney's street in Unionville had nothing but good things to say about the former Southwest High School student.

"Whenever he saw me getting my groceries out, if nobody was out here to help me he would always come across to try to help me," said Elsie Nixon.

"We checked up on each other all the time, talked to each other a lot, it's sad what happened to him, he didn't deserve it, he really didn't," said Sheryl Wyman.

Smith says Cheney had three children, and had a good lead on a job in Atlanta after finally being able to buy a car, but tragically he decided to go to Columbus.

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