Shaquille O’Neal will cover the funeral expenses for 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill, the Georgia teenager who accidentally shot and killed himself during a livestream video on Instagram.
Shaq visited Malachi’s godmother, Shantirea Bankston, in their Atlanta home 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.”
Shaq told NBC 11 that 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.”
Malachi died Wednesday at Grady Memorial Hospital from his gunshot wound.