Shaq and Houston Cop Help Pay for Jazmine Barnes' Funeral

Professional athletes, police officers and civil rights activists are stepping up to make sure 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes has the proper funeral and to ensure her killer is brought to justice.

On Sunday, Jazmine was shot and killed by an unknown man in a red pick-up truck as she sat in her family’s car with her mother and sisters. The family had just passed a Houston-area Walmart when he pulled up and began to fire into the car.

Related Story: Reward Offered for Capture of Jazmine Barnes’ Killer

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said, in a press conference on Thursday, the suspect is described as a thin white man, with blue eyes, wearing a black hoodie, and appeared to be in his 30s or 40s.

Former NBA basketball star and TV personality Shaquille O’Neal, along with a Houston police officer Kenneth Miles, are paying for Jazmine’s funeral. They gave Jazmine’s family a check on Thursday, according to KPRC.

DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans announced via Twitter that he would dedicate his first-round playoff game to Jazmine, and is donating his check from the game to help the family.

Jazmine’s funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday at Green House International Church. A viewing will take place at 10 a.m. A balloon release will follow the funeral.

New York City activist Shaun King even offered a $100,000 reward to the person who turns in the gunman.

A grieving mother spoke to reporters stating, “He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn’t even know her, he didn’t know who she was.”

A GoFundMe page, “Justice for My daughter Jazmine,” has reached more than $65,000 in donations, greatly surpassing the $6,500 goal.

The Houston Sheriff’s Office has released a composite sketch of the gunman:

Suspected gunmanHarris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477.

Latest News

Marriott International Launches “Bridging The Gap” Hotel Development Program

Originally published at Marriott International is a Hall of Fame company.   At the 44th Annual NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference, Marriott International announced the launch of “Marriott’s Bridging The Gap,” a multi-year, $50 million development program that aims to address the barriers to entry that historically underrepresented groups…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: June 16

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. Buffalo Supermarket Shooter…