WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- NFL player DeAndre Hopkins pledges his playoff game check to the family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston earlier this week.
- The Houston Texans wide receiver said in a tweet that the girl reminds him of his own daughter.
- Jazmine Barnes was fatally shot on Sunday while sitting in a car near a Walmart store with her mother and siblings.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins has pledged this Saturday’s AFC wild-card game check to the family of Jazmine Barnes who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston on Sunday.
The three-time Pro Bowler said in a tweet that the $29,000 check can help cover funeral expenses and to support the sheriff’s office to bring Barnes’ killer to justice.
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
On Thursday, Hopkins posted a photo of the 7-year-old girl on Twitter with a caption: “When I see Jazmine Barnes’ face, I see my own daughter.”
“On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine,” the NFL player wrote, dedicating the playoff game to the girl.
Barnes was shot and killed on Sunday while inside a car near a Walmart with her mother and siblings. The gunman who was driving a truck has fled the scene.
New York community activist Shaun King has partnered with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to help find Barnes’ killer by offering a $100,000 reward. He also called for a rally to be held on Saturday outside the Walmart.
Services for Jazmine will be held on Tuesday.
The Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC wild-card game on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET. Hopkins excelled in the Texans’ overtime victory over the Colts in Week 4, finishing with 10 receptions for 169 receiving yards and a touchdown, USA Today reported.
Source: USA Today