Warriors guard Stephen Curry made good on his promise to send the shoes he wore during All-Star festivities to the family of Deah Shaddy Barakat, a fan who was shot to death last month.
Saleh Barakat, who identifies himself on Twitter as Deah’s first cousin, revealed on social media Thursday that Curry last week had personally shipped the shoes to him. He posted a picture of the shoe on which the player had written, “#RIPDEAH” and the Bible verse “Romans 8:28” before using them during the Shooting Stars competition in Brooklyn.
“Thank you so much Steph!” Saleh Barakat wrote on Instagram, adding that the shoes were “precious” and that he definitely would not be wearing them. “We can’t thank you enough for this #blessed #thankful.”
Added Saleh Barakat on Twitter: “Hope you win MVP.”
Curry said after playing in the All-Star game that he would send the shoes to Deah Barakat’s family, as the leading vote-getter in the balloting was able to pay tribute on a big stage.
“And hopefully they know a lot of people are thinking about them,” Curry said then.
Deah Barakat, 23, was shot to death in Chapel Hill, N.C. along with his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, on Feb. 10 in Curry’s home state. Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
After the shootings, Curry learned Deah Barakat was known according to his sister for his “love for basketball and anything Steph Curry.”
Curry wrote the message on his Under Armour Curry One Father to Son signature shoes four days after the shootings and later that evening won the Three-Point Contest.
“Much respect for @StephenCurry30,” Saleh Barakat tweeted last month after learning Curry would be honoring the memory of his cousin. “I cannot express how happy I am right now. I’m shaking so much.”
— Saleh Barakat (@baller43v3r) March 26, 2015