Sacramento Kings’ All-Star DeMarcus Cousins will pay for funeral expenses for Grant Union High School senior football player Jaulon Clavo, who was shot and killed while driving to a team meeting Friday.
Cousins wanted his donation to remain anonymous, but Sacramento City Council member Rick Jennings announced it Saturday night at a candlelight vigil.
Often spotted attending local high school sporting events, Cousins was often seen roaming the sidelines during Grant Pacer football games.
Clavo, 16, was shot while driving a car with four other football players to a team meeting when a suspect or suspects opened fire on their car. Two of the players in the car were hit, including Clavo, who was the driver.
Malik Johnson was shot in the arm and was released from the hospital. He and his mother attended a prayer vigil for Clavo and a community meeting on Saturday morning. As many as 300 people turned out for the event in the cafeteria. There was also a grief counseling session for parents.
Cousins has a history of donating to local inner-city high schools. Last June, he purchased new LED scoreboards for Sacramento High School’s gym.
The shooting happened hours before Grant Union was scheduled to play Beyer (Modesto, Calif.). The game was postponed and will be played Monday. Grant Union was scheduled to practice Sunday morning.
“It would be part of the healing process. Respect to his family. Best for he and his family,” coach Mike Alberghini.