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Shaq Pays For the Funeral of Shaniya Davis

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WABC: Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl whose kidnapping and slaying received national news coverage.

Shaniya Davis
The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina reported Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the case of Shaniya Davis.

More than 2,000 people attended her funeral Sunday. The girl's body was found Nov. 10 beside a rural road.

Her mother, Antionette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.

The funeral home declined to say what the service cost.

A Cavaliers official did not return calls from The Associated Press early Thursday. The funeral home declined comment.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
chris November 26, 2009, 7:45 AM

What a great thing to do. God Bless you Shaq.

Anonymous November 26, 2009, 5:34 PM

he would never admit to it. this aint the first time he’s done sumthing like this.good for him

Lee Ann November 26, 2009, 6:59 PM

That is one of the most selfless things I’ve ever read about an NBA player. Good for him, and thank goodness someone is helping that poor little girl’s biological father, who must be devastated by this murder. Absolutely appalling.

stacey November 26, 2009, 7:42 PM

G-d Bless you Shaq! Thank you for helping this little angel’s soul rest in peace.

tennmom November 26, 2009, 9:20 PM

That was nice of him.
The majority of those 2000+ people didn’t know that child. It would be great if the same 2000 worked together to try to do something to prevent such a thing from happening to another child.


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