Touched by girl's death, Shaq offers to pay for funeral
Posted: Today at 8:39 a.m.
Updated: Today at 10:10 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal offered to pay for the funeral of Shaniya Davis after seeing news of the 5-year-old's kidnapping and slaying, funeral director Corey R. Breece Sr., of Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, said.
The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the case.
Breece said Thursday that the bill had not been paid, but that O'Neal's representatives had expressed interest in helping with the costs.
More than 2,000 people attended her funeral Sunday. The girl's body was found Nov. 16 beside a rural road.
Her mother, Antionette Davis, who had reported the child missing six days earlier, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the case.
"I was sitting at home watching it on the news and the story brought a tear to my eye," O'Neal told The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.
I saw this story , and felt compelled to share....
I have ALWAYS liked Shaq , and thought he was a genuinely good guy ... and this news story solidifies that for me ...