Last week, a 3-year-old child was killed by a stray bullet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
According to WBRZ, TNT commentator and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has offered to pick up the bill for the funeral costs for the family of the slain child, Devin Page Jr.
O’Neal, who played college basketball at Louisiana State University (LSU), will partner with Greater Beulah Baptist Church to provide the service.
“I’m so sorry for your loss,” O’Neal said over FaceTime footage obtained by WBRZ, according to People.com. “Me and a friend are going to take care of everything. I’m so sorry.”
It is a possibility, according to sources connected to WBRZ, that Tuesday’s shooting could be linked to another shooting that took place on N Ardenwood Drive.
Another incident transpired on Fairfields Avenue. Police officials said gunshots were fired into a home April 10; a child was hurt by bullet fragments.
The boy’s family told the outlet that they wanted to leave the home after hearing gunshots a few nights in a row, but Page’s mother Tye Toliver was told it would cost thousands of dollars to move.
“I try to stick it out. Now that I stick it out, this is the outcome of what happened,” Toliver told KWTX, according to People.com. “My son got killed.”
The mayor’s office released a statement last week addressing Jeremy Price’s killing.
“The tragic overnight killing of a young child on Fairfields Avenue is a sad reminder that our community has a long way to go in addressing gun violence. This tragedy is beyond unacceptable. Someone in our community knows who is responsible and they must come forward.