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NFL Superstar offers to pay for the funeral costs of young high school phenom that was murdered

Jaylon McKenzie was killed by a stray bullet and it was a huge shock. McKenzie was one of the best high school athletes in the country and had already received several scholarship offers.

The NFL is a family, I have been trying to say that for years, but today a small gesture from an NFL superstar shows that football is more than just a game.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will pay for the funeral expenses of Jaylon McKenzie, who died after being struck by a stray bullet while leaving a party in Venice, Illinois last weekend.


Justina Coronel reported it first on Twitter.

“For him to reach out to me was unbelievable,” McKenzie’s mother, Sukeena Gunner, told the Star-Telegram. “Jaylen loved Ezekiel Elliott. He talked about him all the time. When Ezekiel was playing, he would sit in front of the TV. His eyes were glued to the TV, watching him. Just for him to reach out to me and help me in this difficult time leaves me speechless.”

This was such a tragic event, and I please ask that you lift up his family and give a huge thanks to Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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