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Buffalo Bills’ Shaq Lawson pledges to pay for funeral for 11-year-old girl

FILE - In this April 29, 2016 file photo, Buffalo Bills first round NFL football draft pick Shaq Lawson speaks at a media conference at the team facilities in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

When a tragedy struck close to home, Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson knew that he had to step up.

Lawson has pledged to pay for a funeral for an 11-year old girl in Anderson, South Carolina.

Ja’Naiya Scott was sitting on her family’s couch one night with her older sister and cousin. Suddenly, more than 35 shots erupted around 1:30 a.m.

The shooting injured Scott’s 18-year old sister and her 11-year-old cousin. Ja’Naiya was taken to AnMed Health Medical Center where she died in the emergency room.

“It could have been my little sister,” Lawson told The Greenville News Wednesday. “I’ve got a little sister around that age, and it could have been one of my family members.”

There are currently no suspects in the shooting.

Lawson grew up 20 miles north of Anderson where he went to D.W. Daniel High School in Central, S.C. He went on to play at Clemson University for three seasons.

The Bills drafted Lawson in first round of the 2016. In 14 games last season, Lawson had 18 total tackles and 4 sacks.

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