He’s offered to cover the child’s funeral expenses, and he made a visit Friday to Hemphill’s family in the Atlanta area. The Inside the NBA commentator has a long history of generous acts.
“No mother should have to go through this,” the Hall of Famer told WXIA. “I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi’s family must be feeling. I just wanted to do what I could to help them at such a terrible time.”
Hemphill’s godmother, Shantirea Bankston, was thankful.
“We just broke down and started crying because Malachi didn’t have any insurance,” she said. “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, and we appreciate everything he does for the community.”
Everyone at ATL True Confessions want to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Malachi Nasir Hemphill. Gone too soon. 😔😢— Don Marcelene (@ATLtrueconfess) April 15, 2017
It’s been reported that possibly 10-15 of his friends witnessed the death live, and there’s a current investigation on how Hemphill acquired the firearm.