GRAPEVINE, Texas – Dallas Cowboys coming back Ezekiel Elliott will pay the expenses for the funeral of Jaylon McKenzie, a promising eighth-grade American football player who was killed by a stray bullet as he left a party Saturday near St. Louis .
Elliott, who grew up in St. Louis, joined the family shortly after the tragedy. The Cowboys confirmed Elliott's gesture, but the running back wanted to keep the matter between him and McKenzie's family.
"Zeke is really a special guy," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday at the team sponsors' golf tournament at the Cowboys Golf Club. "He's a great soccer player, of course, but he's really a good person and that doesn't surprise me a little bit.
"He is simply very generous, he has a great spirit about him, we see him every day as players and coaches, everyone who has been around him knows this, and I am not surprised that he would have been involved there. that many people look at, many people certainly in St. Louis and Missouri, in the state of Ohio, across the country.If you are a fan of football, you know Zeke Elliott, and whoever has been around him on a base he knows what kind of person he is ".
McKenzie's mother, Sukeena Gunner, said her son was trying to leave a party in Venice, at the Illinois, when a brawl broke out. According to the Illinois State Police, McKenzie was hit by a stray bullet and died in a local hospital. Even a 15-year-old girl has been hit and remains in critical condition.
McKenzie, who was already receiving a college scholarship as an eighth grade, was selected to attend the All-American All-Star Game in Canton, Ohio, during Pro Football's induction weekend Hall of Fame.