Miami-Dade County

Heat, Miami pay for electrocuted teen’s funeral

The Miami Heat has helped pay for the funeral of the teen electrocuted in a horrific accident this week at a Florida Power & Light substation.

The Miami Police Department announced the donation Friday evening, four days after Jesus Meneses jumped two fences between Kinloch Park and the substation and died while trying to retrieve a ball. Meneses’ parents, stunned by the 17-year-old’s death, pleaded with the community the following day to help pay for Jesus’ funeral, saying they lacked the money to get his body from the coroner’s office.

Attempts to reach a Heat Group official about the donation were unsuccessful Friday evening. A Miami Police spokeswoman said the department reached out to The Heat to ask for help. She said officers delivered the check Friday night, but declined to state the value of the donation.

According to police, Meneses’ funeral arrangements began Friday at Maspon Funeral Home, 3500 SW Eighth St., and burial services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miami Memorial Park, 6200 SW 77th Ave.

Police said donations will be accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank in the South Florida area by simply referencing Jesus Meneses.