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John Wall Pays Tribute to Young Friend

It was an emotional game for Washington Wizards point guard John Wall on Monday evening.

Though the game ended in a victory with Wall scoring the final 10 points in a double-overtime, his heart and mind were focused on the young friend he had lost that morning.

Six-year-old Damiyah Telemaque-Nelson fought a tough battle with Burkitt lymphoma and sadly passed away from the illness on December 8.

Wall and Miyah had developed a friendship over the course of a year and kept in touch via FaceTime. During a post-game interview, the athlete couldn’t hold back tears and emotions as he spoke about the loss of Miyah.

In March, Wall orchestrated a social campaign for Miyah to meet Nicki Minaj and receive one of her pink wings. That dream was granted and Nicki paid tribute to the little darling via Instagram:

Condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the Miyah Telemaque-Nelson.