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NFL star to pay for funeral of Illinois teen football player killed in shooting

Posted at 3:47 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 15:47:37-04

VENICE, Ill. — An NFL star running back will pay for the funeral of a teenage football player who died in a shooting in Venice, Illinois.

The Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott will cover the costs for Jaylon McKenzie’s funeral.

A stray bullet killed the 14-year-old following an eighth grade dance last Saturday night.

Related: Football phenom Jaylon McKenzie killed at prom party; 14-year-old already had college offers 

He was recently featured in Sports Illustrated magazine as one of “six teens who will rule the future in sports.”

A memorial service will be held May 18.