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After a teen is fatally shot, an NBA star steps in to help a grieving family.

NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins' commitment to the Sacramento community can give us hope.

After a teen is fatally shot, an NBA star steps in to help a grieving family.

When Jaulon Clavo died last week, NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins offered to pay the teen's funeral expenses.

The Grant High School senior was off campus getting food with four of his teammates before Friday night's scheduled first-round playoff game against rival Beyer High School. As the Sacramento student-athletes made their way back to the school, an unknown shooter or shooters opened fire on the car, fatally injuring Clavo and hitting teammate Malik Johnson in the arm.

As Clavo's family grieved, they got some support from an unexpected place: a professional athlete.



Cousins, the starting center for the Sacramento Kings, offered to pay funeral costs, hoping to remain anonymous.

But word got out when City Council member Rick Jennings let word slip during Saturday's candlelight vigil.

Why did Cousins cover the cost? "I'm just playing my part," Cousins tells the Sacramento Bee. "It's my responsibility as a child of God [to help this family]."

According to the local ABC affiliate, Cousins has been known to stop by Grant High School football games on occasion and is heavily involved with local schools.

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Earlier this year, Cousins donated nearly $28,000 to another local high school to buy new scoreboards.

"It was me just connecting with the area," he told the Sacramento Bee. "I came from a similar area, so I know how it is to come up this type of way. Just giving these kids an opportunity and help broaden their horizons."

That school, Sacramento High, plays host to the annual DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp, a free camp for underprivileged youth between the ages of 7 and 16 in the Sacramento area.

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When reading about the off-the-court actions of athletes, we're often reminded of the bad, and not the good.

In a world where it seems we're always hearing about a new case of domestic abuse being committed by a player in the NBA, NFL, or other leagues, it's refreshing to hear stories about players like Cousins who seem to genuinely care about the local community.

And he's not alone! For example, fellow NBA star LeBron James announced earlier this year he'll be spending more than $41 million to send 1,000 students from his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to college.

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Sadly, though, in the case of Jaulon Clavo, no amount of giving back to the community will actually bring him back.

And maybe that's why it's so important that we remember the good in the world and not just the bad. It's in remembering this that we can find the strength to regroup and push to make the world a more loving, caring, and accepting place free from the violence that took this young man's life.

Thank you for that reminder, DeMarcus Cousins. In times of darkness, it's exactly what humanity needs.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

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The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."