Shaquille O'Neal Helps Cover Funeral Costs for 11-Year-Old Boy Who Was Killed in a Car Crash
Shaquille O'Neal helps fund the funeral of an 11-year-old boy who was tragically killed in a car crash.
Shaquille O'Neal was heartbroken over the news that an 11-year-old boy passed away due to a car crash in St. Martin Parish, Lafayette, and so he decided to do a good deed by paying for his funeral expenses.
Keshon Batiste, an 11-year-old from Breaux Bridge, was with 12-year-old Trayvon Alexander in the backseat of a car when it crashed into a ditch and hit a tree. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
FUNDING THE CHILDREN'S FUNERALS
Shaq, a good friend of the former chief deputy for the Lafayette Parish Marshal's office, Phil Conrad, reveals the former NBA legend learned of the accident through local news. When Shaq was sent a GoFundMe that led to the Batiste family, he wanted to do more and asked his friend to reach out to them on his behalf.
When he learned that the family had raised $3000 for the funeral, O'Neal sent money through Conrad who sent it over to the Batiste family. While Shaq was willing to take care of Trayon Alexander's funeral payments as well, they had insurance.
SHAQ'S BIG HEART
According to Conrad, Shaq has the biggest heart and often extends help to whoever he can. During one of his visits to Acadiana, he was at Best Buy when he saw a mom and son lining up to pay for an X-box that the young boy had been saving up for.
While everybody knows O'Neal for being a legendary NBA player, he actually has a passion for music as well.
AN ACT OF KINDNESS TOWARDS A STRANGER
When he learned that their family of seven lived in a small home with just one TV, he decided to buy them three television sets, one for each bedroom. He also bought the child all the X-box games available at Best Buy that day.
"That's just him, he knows what it's like to window shop and so he wants to make some dreams come true."
SPENDING TIME WITH HIS SONS
While at home amid the stay-at-home orders put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shaq has been spending a lot of time with his sons. In fact, he showed them his alter-ego recently, when he prepared a kitchen DJ set for them.
Shareef, Shaqir, and two of their fans were invited to an impromptu concert in the kitchen by Shaq, who played them party music as they danced around. In the Instagram video he posted, Shaq asked people to remain positive and to stay safe.
While everybody knows O'Neal for being a legendary NBA player, he actually has a passion for music as well. He's played in large festivals like Lollapalooza and Tomorrowland, using the stage named "DJ Diesel."
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