DeAndre Hopkins to donate playoff check to family of slain girl


The entire Houston community has come together in the wake of Jazmine Barnes's senseless killing on December 30th and now Houston Texans' wide receiver Deandre Hopkins has pledged his playoff game check to help with funeral expenses.

He tweeted, "When I see Jazmine Barnes' face, I see my own daughter".

Former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and National Football League star DeAndre Hopkins have both donated to Jazmine's family to help pay for the girl's funeral on Tuesday.

Deputies say a man in a red pickup truck opened fire on the auto Jazmine was in with her mom and three sisters. Her 6-year-old daughter suffered cuts from shattered glass, the sheriff's office said.

Houston activists earlier Wednesday held a news conference, saying they believed the attack was racially motivated and pointed to a unsolved incident in the area in 2017 in which a suspect described as white shot into a vehicle carrying at least two black people.

"The police got there and they were just asking: 'Who got shot and who I was beefing with?" Officials said Williams was shot by a white man driving a pickup truck.

Washington said Jazmine had told her she wanted to be a teacher.

"The City of Houston is always supportive of me, of this team", said Hopkins.

Police say they're not aware of any interaction or links between the victims and the shooter.

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"We're not going to rest until we find justice for Jazmine", Gonzalez said.

Social activist Shaun King has announced a $100,000 reward is being offered for info that leads to the arrest of the killer.

The sketch compiled with information from Jazmine's mother and sisters, who are grappling with the trauma of seeing Jazmine killed, may be key to finding the killer.

Jazmine's mother LaPorsha Washington said the gunman looked "sick".

Investigators released new surveillance video of a pickup being sought and a sketch of the gunman in connection with the slaying of a 7-year-old girl in east Harris County.

Currently, only limited information is known about the shooting and the assailant remains at large.

Jazmine's family believes the shooting was a hate crime, especially since the gunman appeared to have deliberately looked inside both sides of the vehicle before he opened fire, their attorney Lee Merritt told reporters on Thursday. Black people are being targeted in this county.

Surveillance video taken from a business near the scene shows the suspect's truck driving by shortly before the shooting. Union tweeted, "Find him!"

Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, speaks during a news conference, December 31, 2018, in Houston.