Clayton County

Shaquille O'Neal pays for funeral of woman killed outside high school graduation

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said not long after hearing about the shooting, O’Neil reached out to him to see if the family of the victim needed help. 

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal has stepped up to pay for the funeral of a woman who was shot and killed outside a high school graduation last week.

Investigators said a fight broke out Friday night in a parking lot of Mt. Zion High School as a graduation ceremony was letting out at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center across the street.

The parking lot where the shooting happened was an overflow lot for the graduation ceremony.

The argument led to two women being shot, one of them fatally.


Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said that not long after hearing about the shooting, O’Neal reached out to him to see if the victim's family needed help.

“The length of his heart far exceeds his height,” Hill said about O’Neal in a news release Thursday.  “We never ask him for anything, but when he sees a need, he is Johnny on the spot!”

Investigators said a third woman, who was pregnant, was thrown to the ground during the incident, but she was expected to be OK.

Two people were arrested the next day in the shooting incident.

O'Neal has a special connection with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office. In December 2016, He was named an honorary deputy by Hill. Hill said the two of them have been friends ever since.