Touched By Shaniya's Death, Shaq Pays For Funeral

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl whose kidnapping and slaying received national news coverage.

The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina reported Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the case of Shaniya Davis.

More than 2,000 people attended her funeral Sunday. The girl's body was found Nov. 16 beside a rural road.

Her mother, Antionette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping.

The funeral home declined to say what the service cost.

A Cavaliers official did not return calls from The Associated Press early Thursday. The funeral home declined comment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Nov 28, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Shaq is da man!
  • by Susan Location: havelock on Nov 27, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    I went and checked what " Tod in 7 springs " wrote about a state employee doctor child molester. It turns out it's true. I work @ NCDOT and that just aint right. My friend got suspended and then fired for testing positive for marijuana last year but the state has a child molester on staff? Does anybody know anymore about this? Does he still work in the state? I am emailing Shaqs site to thank him for paying for this funeral and then emailing the govrnor about the child molester
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 27, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    "Reader" please stop spreading false doctrine, people are not angels and never will be. Read your Bible and stop professing the traditions you have been taught through the years as tenets of Christianity. They are not! If you can find a single line of scripture to support your absurd statement that Shaq or any other person can possibly be an angel, I will gladly apologize to you. Stop bastardizing my religion, please.
  • by Reader Location: Lewiston NC on Nov 27, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    It's always good to hear good news. There are angels at work. In this case he's a mighty big angel. Way to go Mr O'Neal!!! May God forever bless you and you family.
  • by SOMEONE Location: SOMEWHERE on Nov 27, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    This was a great thing to do.May GOD Bless him for it. But at the same time why put it up here and on T.V. like you did? When you do something like that and it comes from the Heart,,,You don"t just put it out there for the world. I know some of you out there are going to get up sat with me for saying this but I really don"t care. You don"t do something like that to get a THANK YOU- You do it from the Heart. But I will say,,,Thanks Shaq.
  • by hopkins Location: greensboro on Nov 27, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    shag was god sent with a big heart and a lot of love we will always remember this little girl who died for no reason at all she will rest in peace.
  • by Tony Location: Winterville NC on Nov 27, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    Way to go Shaq! Always new you where a class act and once again you proved it. Pretty Cool thing to do. God Bless the family in this tragic time.
  • by nice Location: nc on Nov 27, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    It's refreshing to hear about people with kind hearts.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Nov 27, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Thank you, you will be blessed by God.
  • by kish Location: winterville on Nov 27, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    i think that was very sweet of shaq to do that. it's a shame that this has happened to her and i still feel very sympathetic for the father b/c he tried to step up as a man and let the mom get herself together and actually be a "mom" to shaniya, but this is what shaniya gets? i still cry for her just to think that this could happen to anyone and for me to have kids, it hurts me to even think about it happening to one of mine. i think the mother should get the same sentencing and charges as the one who actually did the raping and killing!!! i still don't know what you can get out of messing around w/a child!!! you must need some serious help to try something like that!!! shaniya RIP sweetie, you are in a better place!!
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