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Slaying victim loved to cook, was 'little dolphin' in the water, says woman who raised him
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Qualyn Tanner loved to cook, said Shanna Tanner, who had raised him since he was a kid. Qualyn Tanner was shot to death July 17, 2021, and another Gainesville man, Daniel Guerrero, 32, has been charged in his death. (Photo courtesy of Shanna Tanner)

Qualyn Tanner loved to cook and wanted to be a chef one day, said Shanna Tanner, who raised Qualyn since he was 3 years old.

The 21-year-old Gainesville man was shot to death overnight Saturday. Another Gainesville man, Daniel Guerrero, 32, is charged with murder in the shooting in the early hours of July 17, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Guerrero is in custody.

Shanna Tanner said she still does not know much about what happened, but that Qualyn had a generous, kind heart.

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Shanna Tanner said Qualyn’s love of cooking showed up in the apple pie he consistently made at Thanksgiving. He also played sports and loved the water, and Shanna Tanner often called him “my little dolphin” since she taught him how to swim when he was young.

“It took him like two minutes to learn how to swim, and you could not get that kid out of the water,” she said.

Sheriff’s Office deputies responded before 2 a.m. Saturday to a call regarding gunshots being heard near Wade Drive in Gainesville. Tanner’s body was found behind a residence on the street, and he had been shot “multiple times,” according to authorities. 

At around 8:30 a.m., Sheriff's Office investigators located Guerrero walking along Interstate 985 in Hall County.

Qualyn Tanner’s body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy, authorities said in a press release.

Guerrero has qualified for a public defender, according to Hall County Magistrate Court officials.

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Qualyn Tanner (Photo courtesy of Shanna Tanner)
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