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Shaq Will Cover Funeral Expense For Slain Louisville Signee Dexter Rentz Jr.

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The Louisville football family is still grieving the tragic loss of a future Cardinal.

2020 signee Dexter Rentz Jr. was shot and killed over the weekend in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.

Former NBA star and fellow Orlando native Shaquille O’Neal has offered to cover all funeral expenses.

ESPN

O’Neal, who lives in Orlando, spoke with Rentz’s parents and will pay for all funeral expenses, including a horse and carriage and custom-made casket.

“Whatever his mom wants,” O’Neal said Monday night.

Rentz was shot and killed late Saturday evening. He was 18. O’Neal saw a news report about Rentz on Sunday and wanted to learn more, watching his football highlights from Ocoee High School, where he was an all-around athlete on the football field and track standout. Rentz signed with Louisville in December.

“He was on his way, he really was,” O’Neal said. “I don’t know what it feels like to lose a son, but I know what it feels like to lose someone.

“This one hurts my heart. It really does. I wish things like this would never go on. It’s just so sad, and I want to be able to help his family. I wanted to take care of it.”

Rentz’s mother tells the Orlando Sentinel that her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the victim of a drive-by shooting intended for someone else.

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