NBA Hall of Fame player Shaquille O’Neal continues to prove why he will forever be one of the league’s most exemplary athletes. O’Neal recently offered to cover the funeral expenses of Malachi Hemphill, a 13-year-old Georgia boy who accidentally fatally shot himself on IG Live.
Malachi’s godmother, Shantirea Bankston, told NBC 11 O’Neal offered financial support when he visited Malachi’s family home in Atlanta Thursday night.
“We just broke down and started crying because Malachi didn’t have any insurance,” Bankston said. “We weren’t prepared to bury him this young. We didn’t have insurance for him. So to have that from Shaquille O’Neal it was a blessing and very touching, and we appreciate everything he do for the community.”
O’Neal expressed sympathy for Malachi’s loss.
“No mother should have to go through this,” O’Neal said in a statement to 11Alive. “I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi’s family must be feeling. I just wanted to do what I could to help them at such a terrible time.”
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