Former NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal visited the home of a teenager who accidentally shot himself during a livestream to offer to pay for the 13-year-old’s funeral expenses.
Family and friends witnesses Malachi Hemphill accidentally shoot and kill himself on Instagram Live earlier this week and while they’re dealing with the grief of losing Hemphill, Shaq has stepped in to offer some much needed support.
via NY Daily News:
Malachi’s godmother, Shantirea Bankston, told NBC 11 the former NBA athlete came by Malachi’s family home in Atlanta Thursday night and offered to pay for the services.
“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.”
In a statement to the outlet, O’Neal said he wanted to help the family as they deal with Malachi’s tragic death.
“No mother should have to go through this,” he said. “I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi’s family must be feeling.”
The 13-year-old died Wednesday at Grady Memorial Hospital from from his gunshot wound.
He had been handling a gun in an Instagram Live video when it accidentally went off.
Stephens said she does not know how her son got the gun.