Shaq Steps Up for Family of Kid Who Killed Self on Instagram
He's paying for the funeral of 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2017 10:07 AM CDT
In this 2005 file photo, Miami Heat's injured center Shaquille O'Neal salutes a fan during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
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(Newser) – The 13-year-old boy who accidentally killed himself on Instagram Live will be laid to rest on the dime of Shaquille O'Neal, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. After hearing about the tragic death of Malachi Hemphill, who was attempting to load a gun when he shot himself in the head, O'Neal volunteered to cover the funeral expenses as Shaniqua Stephens says goodbye to her only son. "No mother should have to go through this," O’Neal said in a statement. "I just wanted to do what I could to help them at such a terrible time." O'Neal made the offer in a visit Thursday. "We just broke down and started crying because Malachi didn't have any insurance," Malachi's godmother Shantirea Bankston told the Bleacher Report. "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."

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