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Shaquille O’Neal To Cover Funeral Of Teen Who Accidentally Killed Himself On Instagram Live

04/15/2017 at 3:43 | Posted by keithcombs
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posted by Keith Combs

Shaquille O’Neal has volunteered to pay for the funeral of Atlanta teen Malachi Hemphill, who accidentally killed himself while streaming on Instagram’s live.

Hemphill lost his life Monday (April 10). While showing friends the weapon in an Instagram live stream, he was told to put the safety on. As he tried to, the gun went off. “I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was gun shot or what,” his mother, Shaniqua Stephens said.

The family shared that Shaquille O’Neal visited their home Friday (April 13) to give his condolences and pay for the funeral. Malachi’s grandmother Shantirea Bankston told reporters they were touched by gesture. “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 thank Shaquille O’Neal it was a blessing and very touching, and we appreciate everything he do for the community.”