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Op-Ed: Shaquille O'Neal pays for funeral of Shaniya Davis

By KJ Mullins     Nov 26, 2009 in Lifestyle
Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid funeral costs for murder victim Shaniya Davis. Davis, 5, was found on November 16 beside a rural road in North Carolina.
More than 2,000 people came to the young girl's funeral held Sunday. Some were only able to watch the last rites of the child through windows.
Shaniya's death was heart breaking. A victim of possible greed, her own mother is in jail facing charges that she allegedly sold her daughter into a world of sexual abuse.
Human trafficking does not bring images of parents selling their children in North America. That is something that happens in Third World countries where farmers haven't the food to feed their families. Not America. Not a beautiful little five-year-old child who should be enjoying a turkey dinner today.
Images now haunt us of the child's fate. She was taken to a motel room. From there we are not sure of the details. We know that little Shaniya was raped. We know that she suffered. We know that was the last time she had life in her little body.
The mother of the little girl, Antionette Davis, has been charged with human trafficking and child-abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.
Davis has been moved North Carolina Correctional Center for Women in Raleigh. ABC is reporting that the woman is pregnant and being held in protective custody.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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