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Former Clemson Star Paying For Funeral Of Young South Carolina Girl

The back of a Clemson player's helmet.

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 31: A general view of the helmet of Shaq Lawson #90 of the Clemson Tigers during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In the wake of a tragic shooting in South Carolina that took the life of a young girl, former Clemson linebacker Shaq Lawson is stepping up and doing a remarkably kind deed.

According to the Greenville News, Lawson has agreed to pay for the funeral of 11-year-old Ja'Naiya Scott. Lawson revealed in an interview with the publication that he grew up 20 miles north of where the shooting occurred. He explained that he felt an event like that could just as easily have affected his own family.

"It could have been my little sister," he said late Wednesday. "I've got a little sister around that age, and it could have been one of my family members."

The shooting occurred this past Sunday morning in Anderson, South Carolina. According to the report, Scott was fatally wounded when somebody shot at her home more than 35 times.

Her 18-year-old sister and 11-year-old cousin were both hospitalized for injuries.

Lawson openly called for the perpetrator to come forward.

"Whoever did this needs to come forward and tell the truth," he said. "And whoever's hiding, it's wrong that you're hiding. This is a little girl who is gone. It's just pointless killing people — killing an innocent child. She was at home, a place she was supposed to be safe."

Lawson was drafted No. 19 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2016 following a stellar career with the Tigers and a prolific high school career at D.W. Daniel in the town of Central.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ja'Naiya Scott's family and loved ones.

[Greenville News]