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McClaney family hosts blood drive to honor man killed in altercation

Venesia McClaney, said her son  Rashad McClaney wanted to make every day a good day.

McClaney was killed on November 3, 2018, during an altercation in Troy. The primary suspect in his death, Jeremyah Howell, was indicted during the recent grand jury session on a charge of murder in the incident.

Now his family wants to remember him and “win the day.”

“One of Rashad’s favorite sayings was ‘Win the Day,’ so, on Saturday, we will ‘Win the Day’ for Rashad with the LifeSouth Blood Drive,” McClaney said. “The blood donated will be available to ‘win the day’ for others. That would mean so much to Rashad. He would be honored to know that others remember him in a way that helps others.”

The “Rashad McClaney Memorial ‘Win the Day’ Blood Drive” will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at 310 Corman Drive in Troy.

The LifeSouth Blood Mobile will be available for those who would like to donate blood in memory of McClaney

Rashad was a graduate of Charles Henderson High School and a member of IBEW, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 443 in Montgomery.

“Rashad was a deacon at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Troy and was loyal to his church. He loved working with children and riding horses,” his mother said. “His horse-riding name was ‘Showtime.’ He loved people and he was fun to be around. His goal every day was to make it a good day and he helped make good days for many people. He was a blood donor because that was a way he could make a good day for others.

The “Rashad McClaney ‘Win the Day Blood Drive’” will have 2 Brothers Frozen Treats and a variety of foods available. There will be bouncy houses for the kids.

“The blood drive will include a voter registration opportunity and photo IDs will be taken for those who need them,” McClaney said.

Rashad McClaney was only 25 years old when his life was taken. On Saturday, a balloon release will be a special event of the “Rashad McClaney ‘Win the Day’ Blood Drive.” Those in attendance will be asked to remember Rashad in their own special way when the balloons are released, his mom said.   

A scholarship fund has been established in Rashad McClaney’s memory at Troy Bank & Trust. Those who would like to contribute may do so at Saturday’s event or at TB&T.  The scholarship fund is in Venesia McClaney’s name in memory of her son, Rashad.