Redskins’ Ty Nsekhe buys gifts for daughter of Philando Castile’s girlfriend (pics)
Washington Redskins tackle Ty Nsekhe on Tuesday did his part to lift the spirits of a young girl who may be especially hurting this holiday season.
Nsekhe went shopping on the team’s day off for five-year-old Dae’Anna Reynolds, the daughter of Diamond Reynolds, who filmed the fatal shooting of boyfriend Philando Castile by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minn., on July 6. Dae’Anna was in the backseat when Castile was shot and killed.
Nsekhe, knows what it’s like to be traumatized by gun violence as he lost a close friend to it as a teenager, reached out to Redskins public relations to seek out someone to help who had been impacted by tragedy this year. He decided to buy gifts for Dae’Anna after hearing what she had gone through.
While Nsekhe didn’t watch the infamous video recorded by Dae’Anna’s mother of the shooting, he felt the little girl needed something to brighten her holidays.
“I just decided why not give back to a little girl that’s gone through such a traumatic event in such a short period of time,” Nsekhe said, via The Washington Post. “Losing a loved one and actually seeing something like that, that can be traumatizing to her — especially to a 5-year-old. It impacted me, and I felt like maybe I could do something to brighten her day. Hopefully, she can get a smile out of this.”
After hearing that American Girl was one of Dae’Anna’s favorite stores, Nsekhe got shopping, purchasing a doll, stuffed dog and other accessories, gifts that should arrive in time for Christmas.
A statement issued on Diamond Reynolds’ behalf via an attorney expressed gratitude to Nsekhe for his thoughtful act.
“The holidays are a tough time for Dae’Anna and I without Philando,” the statement read. “He was a loving and caring person who loved us and we loved him. Knowing that people like Ty and the Redskins are thinking of us and care means a lot and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Dae’Anna loves the gift and we appreciate it.”
Nsekhe — who earlier this season donated 10 tickets to Dallas police officers for the Redskins-Cowboys game — also intends to make a financial contribution to the Reynolds family.