The murder of Jazmine Barnes, a seven-year-old Houston girl killed by an unidentified man during a drive-by shooting, emotionally affected Texans All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The father of a five-year-old girl, Hopkins has pledged his playoff check for Saturday’s AFC wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts to assist the family with funeral costs and support the ongoing investigation to apprehend the killer. The shooter has been described as a bearded white man in his 40’s driving a red pickup truck.
“I have a five-year-old daughter, so that could have been anybody in that position on this team,” Hopkins said. “It could have been anybody who is in this city, so it’s just unfortunate. I felt in my heart, it’s only right to give back to those who are down. Man, it’s a tough situation for that to happen.
“What I can do, that won’t bring back a person. I’m not trying to make it all about me or anything like that, but it’s the least I could do.”
On Hopkins’ official Twitter account, he wrote: “When I see Jazmine Barnes’ face, I see my own daughter. On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine.”
Investigators are searching for the man responsible for the second-grader’s death. He was driving a pickup truck, pulling up next to the car Barnes and her family were riding in when he shot her and her mother, LaPorsha Washington. Barnes’ three sisters were in the car at the time of the shooting, with one injured by shattered glass.
Jazmine Barnes’ father has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs. It’s up to $40,000.
And writer and civil rights activist Shaun King has helped raise over $100,000.
Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, players make $29,000 for playing in the wild-card round
“I hate to hear what happened,” Hopkins said. “The city of Houston is always supportive of me, of this team. I felt in my heart, it was only right that I give back to those that are down.”
When I see Jazmine Barnes' face, I see my own daughter. I'm pledging my playoff check this week to help her family with funeral costs and to support @shaunking @SherriffED_HCSO @SylvesterTurner in bringing this man to justice. On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine pic.twitter.com/oCRYSgfGO9
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) January 3, 2019
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