Shaquille O’Neal Pays For Slain NC Girls Funeral

November 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Moved by national news coverage of the case of  5-year-old Shaniya Davis, who police say was sold by her mother into sexual slavery and killed to pay off a drug debt, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of the North Carolina girl. Shaniya’s body was found Nov. 16 beside a rural road, after an intensive search.

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. O’Neal now with the Cleveland Cavaliers got in touch with the family to see what he could do to help.

”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. “Being a law enforcement guy that investigates crimes against children, I wanted to be able to help in some way.”

More than 2,000 people packed Manna Baptist Church in Fayetteville for the girl’s funeral Sunday.

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, who allegedly paid for the little girls sexual services, is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the case.

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.”


One Response to “Shaquille O’Neal Pays For Slain NC Girls Funeral”

  1. teresa on November 27th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Shaq, you are a wonderful person and that was so nice what you did for the little girl. This is what we need in America more great men like you. May GOD bless you for your generosity.

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