Saturday, November 28, 2009
Shaq pays for slain 5 year old's Funeral
"I was sitting at home watching it on the news and the story brought a tear to my eye."
NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, of the Cleveland Cavaliers gave the above statement when asked why he decided to help pay for funeral expenses for 5 year old Shaniya Davis. O'Neal got in touch with the family and asked how he could help.
Shaniya Davis was the five year old found slain on the side of the road on Novemeber 16, 2009. Davis's mother has been charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. She is believed to have sold her daughter to a man by the name of Mario McNeil, who is being charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of young Shaniya Davis.
Bradley Lockhart, Shaniya Davis' father, set up a trust fund in order to raise money for his daughter's funeral. A spokesman for the funeral home where Davis was prepared, stated that an average child's burial cost around $4,500. More than 2,000 people attended little Shaniya Davis' funeral. Just six days before her body was found, her mother called and reported her missing. Video images of McNeil have surfaced, of him caring Shaniya into a hotel elevator (VERY DISTURBING), while she was alive.
EDITIORS NOTE: TalkstillCheap.com was built for stories such as these, to recognize POSITIVE NEWS that may sometimes go un-noticed. We often talk about the bad/negative things that celebrities do, lets not forget the good they do. Several athletes and stars work with charitable organizations and have even started and fund their own charities. One of my favorite books is "Giving" by former President, Bill Clinton. We all can give and change the world. it does not have to be large amounts of money, it can be through time, innovative ideas, community service, and/or donation of non perishable items or slightly worn clothes/apparel. Keep that in mind this holiday season, and even after.
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