Ezekiel Elliott offers to pay funeral costs for 14-year-old football star killed at party

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Former Ohio State Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott is reaching out to help the family of a rising football star in St. Louis who was shot and killed last week.

According to CBS-affiliate KENS, the Dallas Cowboys running back has offered to pay the funeral costs for 14-year-old Jaylon McKenzie.

Jaylon’s mother told them Elliott was one of the players he would constantly watch to improve his skills. Elliott was born in St. Louis.

Police said Jaylon was shot Saturday night at a party in Venice, Illinois. He was found with serious wounds and died at a hospital. No arrests have been made.

Jaylon was featured in Sports Illustrated's Future Issue and had college offers from both Missouri and Illinois.