View Full Version : Shaq pays for funeral of slain 5-yr old girl

11-26-2009, 06:03 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl after being moved by national news coverage of the case of Shaniya Davis, who police say was kidnapped and killed.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the stories he saw and got in touch with the family to see what he could do to help, a spokeswoman for O'Neal said Thursday.

More than 2,000 people attended the girl's funeral Sunday. Her 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.

Corey Breece, of Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, which handled the service, declined to tell the Fayetteville Observer newspaper how much it cost but added that a child's funeral "averages around $4,500."

A man who answered the phone at the funeral home Thursday told the AP that only the owner could comment and that he was away.

Shaniya Davis' father, Bradley Lockhart, and his family had set up a trust fund in memory of Shaniya to help raise money to pay for the funeral. Lockhart was not available to talk Thursday, said a man who answered the phone at his home.

O'Neal is recovering from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for six straight games since getting hurt Nov. 12 against Miami.

11-26-2009, 06:05 PM
Dam, man im from Fayetteville and i read about it, its pretty sad. Mad props to shaq

11-26-2009, 06:13 PM
I read this earlier, great move by Shaq. He also paid for the funeral of George Mikan.

11-26-2009, 06:14 PM
Mad Props to shaq on this one

11-26-2009, 06:14 PM

11-26-2009, 06:16 PM
sad story. shaq did the right thing

Deezy Dee 24.
11-26-2009, 06:22 PM
Props to Shaq no doubt

11-26-2009, 07:27 PM
Shaq has always had a gentle and loving approach to kids. He truly cares about them. He is indeed the Big Softy (and I mean that in a good way)

11-26-2009, 07:42 PM
Shaq made a good move

11-26-2009, 07:50 PM
nice gesture

raptor fan
11-26-2009, 07:52 PM
This was a real nice thing Shaq did. Shaq is a real nice guy, but sometimes, he gets out of hand. However, I agree with the above post, that he's always been great with kids.

11-26-2009, 07:57 PM
Shaq the man... His heart in the right place.

11-26-2009, 08:58 PM
Great thing that Shaq did.

It's sad that things like this usually don't make news... or get alot of posts on these forums. This is a true player for the community, and yet it's hidden under meaningless threads about players names, and B.Roy not standing for the national anthem.

TO Rapz
11-26-2009, 09:21 PM
Mad props Shaq. What a great guy.

Raps18-19 Champ
11-26-2009, 09:32 PM
:clap: to Shaq. Classy and great act.

11-26-2009, 09:46 PM
Shaq's got a good heart.

11-26-2009, 09:47 PM
This kind of stuff should be happening more in the professional sports world.

11-26-2009, 09:58 PM
This kind of stuff should be happening more in the professional sports world.

I think it does, it just doesn't get reported too often. There are a few players I know of that have done some really good things.

Kobe Bryant visits children in hospitals in most cities the Lakers play in. Alonzo Mourning once donated an entire years worth of salary to charity. When Chris Bosh got drafted, he called his agent straight away asking how to set his charity foundation up (I think that was Bosh, I could be mistaken though). Allen Iverson once paid for a young man's funeral after seeing his murder in the news. Everyone knows how the players got together and organised the charity game for Hurricane Katrina victims, and donated a lot of money.

There are a lot of good things done by athletes, it just doesn't always get into the news.

11-27-2009, 12:57 PM
This kind of stuff should be happening more in the professional sports world.

I agree and I'm proud of Shaq for stepping up. Good job Shaq!

While I'm not a Marbury fan he reportedly gave $500,000 to Katrina victims.

David Robinson and Mutumbo have given away around 10 mill each.