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Dick Vitale to help pay for slain teen's funeral

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ESPN commentator Dick Vitale has stepped in to put a positive twist on an otherwise tragic story.

Vitale, one of the most recognizable voices in college basketball, has pledged to help defray funeral costs for a Bradenton, Fla. student who was fatally shot Friday night.

Bay Shore High School cheerleader Jazmine Thompson was gunned down after the school's football game. Her mother recently lost her job and doesn't have insurance.

"I didn't know Jazmine. I just know what I read, and it tears my heart out," Vitale told Tampa Bay Online. "There's no way there should be a funeral for that young girl this weekend. She did nothing wrong. She was minding her own business."

Vitale also plans to talk to the school about establishing a scholarship.

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