Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will pay for the funeral of a 14-year-old football player who died over the weekend after being hit by a stray bullet at a party near St. Louis, the team confirmed Wednesday. .
Elliott, who was born in San Luis, refused to comment to reporters at the team's annual golf tournament. But Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he was "not surprised" that the All-Pro racer approached Jaylon McKenzie's family and offered to pay for the funeral.
"I just think it's to show you what kind of Zeke person is off the field, he's a loving person," Jones said, according to the team's website.
Jaylon McKenzie, a 14-year-old football player, died after being shot at a party, police said.
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Head coach Jason Garrett joined, adding that Elliott is admired by many as he heads to his fourth season with the team.
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"If you're a football fan, you know Zeke Elliott, and anyone who has been around him every day knows what kind of person he is, so it does not surprise me a bit."
McKenzie, who had appeared on Sports Illustrated because of his promising future in football, was killed on Saturday when a stray bullet hit him after a fight at a party, his mother, Sukeena Gunner, told The St. Louis Post -Dispatch.
The Illinois State Police responded to reports of rioting and gunfire at around 11:40 p.m. Once at the scene, the police identified two victims, one of whom was McKenzie, and transported them to a hospital in the area.
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McKenzie died a short time later; The second victim, a 15-year-old girl, was in critical condition at the time of publication.
Police have not disclosed any information about the investigation, but says the case is being treated as a homicide.