NBA star Stephen Curry helped raise more than $21,000 to help the family of a teenager who was recently killed in California.
The Golden State Warriors player had livestreamed a showcase game for Bay Area youth athletes at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.
Addressing the audience watching online, Curry encouraged viewers to give what they could to help the family of Nia Wilson, a black teen who was stabbed last month by a white man on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Oakland.
“Everybody who’s watching at home on the live stream on Facebook, please hit the ‘Donate’ button,” Curry said on Tuesday.
He made sure that those watching the game, which featured young athletes who were part of his basketball camp, knew where their money would go.
“Everything that is donated today — all the proceeds, 100 percent — will go to Nia Wilson’s family,” he said.
Although authorities have not yet ruled that race was a motivating factor for Wilson’s murder, her family said they believe that her death was a hate crime. Her attacker suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but one of Wilson’s sisters, Malika Harris, said she thinks that’s a bogus excuse.
“They are trying to say that he was sick and crazy. It was an act of racism,” she insisted.
A full investigation into the motives of Wilson’s killer should be conducted, and if racism played a part in her death, it must be addressed by prosecutors.
Actions like those of Curry, and others who have stepped in to help Wilson’s family, deserve proper recognition. It’s devastating when a loved one’s life is cut short, especially when someone so young is tragically killed by an act of violence. Curry’s actions will surely help this family in its time of need and help preserve the memory of the life Wilson lived.
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