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Daniel Gabriel Smith

Daniel Gabriel Smith

Male 1997 - 2012  (15 years)

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  • Name Daniel Gabriel Smith 
    Born 26 Mar 1997  Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Aug 2012  Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32902  Whitton
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Mother Sandra Lee Michelle Smith,   b. 1 Sep 1969, Oswego, Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 2012, Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F12620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Mar 1997 - Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Aug 2012 - Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Gabe was born in Easley, SC and was a freshman at Easley High School. He was a member of the wrestling team, played junior varsity football and proudly wore #51 on his football jersey. Gabe will be mourned by all who knew him and especially by his girlfriend, Brittany Johnson. Gabe and his mother Sandi, were murdered by his stepfather who then took his own life. Gabe was a born again Christian and was a member of Marathon Baptist Church.

      A popular football player sent a desperate text to his girlfriend moments before his stepfather gunned him and his mother down and shot himself in the head, it emerged today.

      Daniel Smith, 15, was shot in the throat by his stepfather William Thomas last week. Thomas, who had a history of domestic abuse, also gunned down his wife of ten years, Sandy.

      Daniel was a member of the Junior-Varsity football team, as well as the JV wrestling team, according to the Easley Patch. He was described as friendly and hard-working by his teachers and coaches.

      But he never let on to his friends at Easley that his home life was less than perfect.

      The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said that Thomas, 51, became violent because of an on-going domestic problem.

      Daniel had been texting Brittany the night of August 30, with his last message reading: ‘Please come get me.’

      Terrified, Brittany and her father rushed over to their home, also in Easley.

      Meanwhile, Daniel had called 911 to report he and his mother had been shot. According to reports, authorities arrived within six minutes of the call, and found Daniel’s mother Sandy with a gunshot wound to the chest in the family’s dining room.

      They discovered Daniel in a bedroom. He had been shot under his chin. Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan told Greenville Online that an officer followed a trail of blood and found Thomas, dead, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

      Both Daniel and his mother were pronounced dead at the scene. They were both buried on September 3 after a service at Marathon Church.