Ezekiel Elliott offers to pay for funeral of slain Illinois football star

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(WIFR) -- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott is helping out an Illinois family who lost their son over the weekend.

Jaylon McKenzie, an eighth-grader from Belleville, Illinois, was shot and killed at a party at a party Saturday night near the Illinois-Missouri border, CNN reports.

According to reports​ from 105.3 The Fan, a Dallas-radio station, Elliott contacted McKenzie's family behind the scene to offer comfort and to pay for his funeral expenses.

McKenzie was raised in the Metro East St. Louis area in Illinois. Elliott came from a similar background. He was born in Alton, Illinois and played high school football in the St. Louis area.

McKenzie had been recently featured by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the "Six Teens Who Will Rule the Future in Sports."