Ezekiel Elliott Pays For Funeral Costs Of A Young Football Star Who Was Shot And Killed Last Weekend

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys stand on the field during warm ups before the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott Pays For Funeral Costs Of A Young Football Star Who Was Shot And Killed Last Weekend

Jaylon McKenzie was featured in ‘Sports Illustrated’ as one of America’s six future stars in different sports.

Published May 8th

The sports world was dealt a big blow just days ago when it learned that a promising St. Louis eighth grade football player was shot and killed.

Jaylon McKenzie was struck by a stray bullet while leaving a party in Venice, Illinois last weekend, leaving his family and friends grieving the unexpected death. While nothing will ever bring back Jaylon, who Sports Illustrated named one of America’s six future stars in different sports, his family reportedly not have to pay for his funeral expenses.

According to NFL.com, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has ties to McKenzie’s hometown, will reportedly cover the young man’s post-death expenses. It’s a gesture that has Jaylon’s family praising the star NFL player.

"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."

Jaylon McKenzie played running back, receiver and defensive back at Mason-Clarke Middle School in East St. Louis. Ezekiel Elliott played his high school ball at John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb and went on to play college football at Ohio State.

Zeke, you’re a great man for this amazing gesture. Our thoughts are with Jaylon McKenzie’s family and friends during this most difficult time.

Written by Paul Meara

Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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