Former Ohio State Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott is reaching out to help the family of a rising football star in St. Louis who was shot and killed last week.
According to CBS-KENS, the Dallas Cowboys running back has offered to pay the funeral costs for 14-year-old Jaylon McKenzie.
Jaylon’s mother told them Elliott was one of the players he would constantly watch to improve his skills. Elliott was born in St. Louis.
Police said Jaylon was shot Saturday night at a party in Venice, Illinois. Jaylon walked outside to leave the party, and a stray bullet hit him. He and a 15-year-old girl were taken to a hospital where Jaylon died a short time after, police said. The girl is in critical condition, police said. No arrests have been made.
Jaylon was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Future Issue and had college offers from both Missouri and Illinois. He wanted to be a pro star in California, playing for either the Los Angeles Rams or Chargers.