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Man charged with two counts of malice murder for 'killing teenage couple in shooting two weeks ago'

Daniel Payton Brinson, 22, has been charged with two counts of malice murder

A man is being charged with two counts of malice murder after allegedly killing a young couple in Georgia late last month.

Daniel Payton Brinson, 22, of Harrison in Washington County, was issued an arrest warrant on May 5, following the deaths of Destiney Hope Kight, 18, and Charlie Jaylon Garrett, 18.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brinson was an associate of Garrett.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about two deceased people on April 23 around 1pm in Wrightsville.

Upon arriving, deputies discovered the bodies of Kight and Garrett, each with apparent gunshot wounds.

Kight and Garrett were laid to rest together on April 30, according to 13WMAZ. No motive has been revealed by authorities yet.

Before being laid to rest, Garrett's family members remembered the young man and grieved him.

'It's been very difficult to try to plan an 18-year-old’s funeral,' aunt Magen Douglas said, according to 13WMAZ.

Young couple Destiney Hope Kight, 18, and Charlie Jaylon Garrett, 18, were found dead in April

The two victim were found dead on April 23 with apparent gunshot wounds

'Our emotions of laughing, remembering something stupid he did, to crying, to being angry at the ones that were involved in this tragedy. Our emotions have just been, for lack of a better word, all over the place,' Douglas added.

Douglas continued, 'He was very generous, he would give the shirt off his back to help somebody out. He was just a joy to have in our lives.' 

Garrett's uncle, Chad Garrett, also spoke to how close his relationship was with his 18-year-old nephew.

'He was like my own child, he was more like my son,' Chad Garrett said. 'We were very close.' 

A GoFundMe for the two victims has raised over $2,500 for the two families of the deceased. 

No motive has been given yet for the murder of the young couple (police response pictured)

A GoFundMe for the two victims has raised over $2,500 for the two families of the deceased

Brinson was previously arrested on April 26 by the Marietta Police Department for an unrelated matter and is currently in custody at Cobb County Jail.

Jail records show the previous charges against Brinson include possession of drugs with intent to distribute and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana, according to WRDW.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Wrightsville Police Department, Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Community Supervision Dublin Office all assisted the GBI with the investigation, which is ongoing.

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