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Golfers hit the links to honor Daly

Golfers ready to hit the links Friday at Lake Spivey Golf Course to raise money for the family of slain deputy Rick Daly. 

Golfers ready to hit the links Friday at Lake Spivey Golf Course to raise money for the family of slain deputy Rick Daly. 

Friday's weather seemed tailor-made for the golfers who turned out to honor the memory of slain Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly at a tournament at Lake Spivey.

Sheriff Kem Kimbrough said more than 100 players signed up for the Rick Daly Memorial Golf Tournament, including lawyers, judges, law enforcement officers and elected officials.

"It's just great to see this turnout, to see all these people who showed up out of respect for Rick, and out of respect for his family," said Kimbrough.

Raffle tickets were sold for a variety of prizes, including a poker set, pen set, power tools, baseball caps, water bottles, coffee mugs and a train set. A guitar autographed by country music singer Toby Keith was also raffled off, as was a Sylvania 32-inch flat screen television.

Players got a blue polo-style shirt with "Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Golf Tournament" embroidered around his shield number, 168. Golfers could also buy a chance at a bean bag toss to win a Glock pistol, or a bicycle donated by Wal-Mart.

As the players took to the green to start swinging, volunteers from We Care Inc., got food ready for after the tournament. A woman chopped meat from a Boston butt to be cooked with baked beans. A man cut potatoes into fries. Two men stood side by side to peel shrimp. Another man fried up baskets of hush puppies. Someone else poured thick molasses into aluminum pans filled with beans. Another woman dumped bags of cole slaw into a container for mixing.

Kimbrough was impressed by the work put into the fund-raiser for Daly's family.

"I can think of no better way to pay tribute to Rick than through the fellowship and camaraderie of a sporting event, in which the participants can celebrate the life and memory of our fallen friend," he said. "I feel a great duty and responsibility to assist the Daly family in this time of crisis."

Daly's wife, Cheryl; son, Toby, who is a lieutenant with the Fayette Sheriff's Office; daughter, Amber Wright; and mother, Joyce, were among the relatives who attended the tournament, but did not address the group.

The sheriff's office also recently hosted a softball tournament to raise funds for the family.

The golf tournament was held two days after the shooter accused of killing Daly was indicted in his murder. Accused killer Johnathan Bun, 17, is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail in that case, and in another felony case. Bun is also serving a 24-month sentence on two misdemeanors.

Daly was part of a team conducting a July 20 traffic stop on a car in which Bun was a passenger. Bun was a fugitive on felony warrants from a January armed robbery in Forest Park, said police.

Testimony during an August preliminary hearing alleges that Bun had already drawn on Daly and was preparing to shoot him as the deputy approached the vehicle. Daly was standing with his side to the door when Bun fired, hitting Daly outside the coverage area of his bulletproof vest.

As Bun fled from the car, he allegedly continued shooting at deputies, but no one else was injured. He eluded authorities for more than five hours before being caught a half-mile from the shooting.