Shaq Pays for young girl's funeral

Posted Nov 26, 2009 by Michael Bearak
Touched by the story of a young girl, Cleveland Cavalier center, Shaquille O'Neal pays for the funeral costs of Shaniya Davis.
Shaquille O Neal is an all-star centre in the NBA
Shaquille O'Neal is an all-star centre in the NBA
Keith Allison
The disappearance of Shaniya Davis was covered across country and if you watched TV at all you would hear a story of this mystery. Shaquille O'Neal was no different, recovering from shoulder surgery he saw the story and in an ESPN report has he said, "brought a tear to my eye." That was enough to move him to contact the family of the little girl and offer to pay for the funeral of the little girl.
According to the ESPN story the average funeral costs about $4,500, but the little girl's father had started a fund to cover the costs for the little girl. Meanwhile her mother, who reported the disappearance, along with her boyfriend have been arrested on a number of counts, including endangering a child involving prostitution, human trafficking and murder. The boyfriend, Mario McNeill has been charged with the murder, kidnapping, and rape.
No one has been available to comment since O'Neal talked to a Cleveland newspaper. Spokesmen for the funeral home handling the burial and the little girl's family all declined to speak or deferred answering questions.