Basketball’s Shaquille O’Neal pays for North Carolina girl’s funeral

72924680MS026_Samuel_Peter_Professional basketball star Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl whose body was found last week, O’Neal’s team confirmed Thursday.

Authorities believe the child, Shaniya Davis, was kidnapped, raped and murdered after being reported missing November 10. Her body was found six days later on a roadside about 30 miles from her hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her funeral was Sunday.

O’Neal said in a statement released by his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, that he was touched after seeing Davis’ story on CNN sister network HLN’s “Nancy Grace” show.

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Pictured:Shaquille O’Neal attends the WBC heavyweight title eliminator fight between Samuel ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter and James ‘Lights Out’ Toney at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino January 6, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images).