Both victims of Benning Drive shooting came from Macon

benw@ledger-enquirer.com, tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 29, 2013 

Both victims of a Tuesday shooting were riding together when they left Macon, Ga., more than three hours before gunfire temporarily shut down a section of Benning Drive in Columbus.

Orba Cheney, the mother of Dior T. Cheney, who was fatally shot at Head Street, is still trying to piece together why her son and their neighbor, former Columbus resident Travis Dashawn Porter, were separated after shots were fired at 8:13 p.m. into the silver 2010 Ford Focus driven by her son. Cheney, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police found Porter, 32, at Midtown Medical Center (formerly The Medical Center) some 20 minutes after the shooting. He was being treated for an unspecified gunshot wound and listed in unsatisfactory condition, a Columbus Regional Healthcare official said.

The mother said the two men left from her home on Cedar Avenue in Macon sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., but she didn’t know why they were in Columbus. Porter had children’s clothing in the car and residents along Benning Drive said the men were spotted selling clothes from the car before the shooting.

The family last heard from Dior Cheney at 7:38 p.m., some 35 minutes before the shooting.

“When we talked to him he was supposed to be on his way home,” the mother said. “The time doesn’t add up. We are trying to figure out the timing. I believe in my heart that he was in trouble when he called us. From my understanding, they rode together and they were coming back together.”

Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said multiple rounds were fired at the car, but he could not state which direction the shots seemed to be fired from. “The car was quite shot up,” he said.

Family members also were concerned about items in the car and whether the men were victims of a robbery.

Dior Cheney only had the car for about three weeks, a relative said. A paper tag was visible on the car Tuesday night.

Investigators said late Wednesday they are still searching for leads in the shooting.

The death is the 18th homicide in Columbus this year, exceeding the total from 2012. See a complete list of 2013's homicides.

Cheney's is the first death since Oct. 9, when Andy Phillip was found fatally shot on Branton Woods Drive.

Cheney is the fifth Columbus homicide victim to be shot in a vehicle.

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