Following the tragic events at a Belgrade elementary school in Serbia, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has pledged to pay for funeral services and bereavement counseling for classmates and staff, a spokesperson confirmed to ESPN. .
Several members of Doncic’s family live in the Serbian capital region. His father, Sasha, was born in Serbia.
According to authorities, eight children and a security guard were killed after a 13-year-old boy shot at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school on Wednesday.
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Doncic also previously pledged to help with relief efforts shortly after the mass shooting and vowed to be a part of any long-term assistance.
«Through my foundation, I am exploring both immediate and long-term ways to support students, teachers and families affected by the Vladislav Ribnikar Elementary School shooting. I am committed and will continue to share updates and forms of support as details become available. available,» Doncic said in a statement.
The Dallas Mavericks superstar is a native of Slovenia and said he was deeply saddened to learn what happened in elementary school.
«I am heartbroken by the tragic school shooting in Serbia and the loss of life, including innocent school-age children,» Doncic said. «My thoughts are with the families and the entire community affected by this tragedy.»
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In 66 games this season, Doncic is averaging a career-high 32.4 points. In late December, Doncic had the first triple-double of 60 points and 20 rebounds in nba history while leading the Mavs to an improbable overtime comeback win over the New York Knicks.