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DeAndre Hopkins to Donate Playoff Check to Family of Jazmine Barnes

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DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, posted to Twitter on Thursday, January 3, that his football playoff check would be donated to the family of the late Jazmine Barnes. Barnes was the seven-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting which took place on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Hopkins tweeted that his playoff check would be donated to assist Barnes’ family with funeral costs, as well as to aid local authorities in the search for the suspect in her shooting death. A suspect has since been arrested. The attack took place while Barnes was riding with her family, setting a somber tone in the state of Texas and since drawing national attention. The cold-blooded act has traumatized the family, leaving them heartbroken at their loss.

DeAndre Hopkins to Donate Playoff Check to Family of Jazmine Barnes

Photo: Facebook/DeAndre Hopkins

The shooter drove up next to the family and took aim, resulting in Jazmine’s death and the injury of her sisters and mother. An initial sketch of a suspect proved to be a case of mistaken identity. An arrest has since been made by the Harris County authorities, confirmed in a statement issued by the sheriff’s office. Although the original suspect was thought, at first, to be a white male driving a red, extended cab pickup, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated, “It went down very quickly when the gunfire erupted. You’re talking about small children, they witnessed something very traumatic, and it’s very likely the last thing they did see was indeed that red truck — and the driver in that red truck — and that’s what they remember last.”

Eric Black Jr., a 20-year-old African-American male, has since been charged with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes. In the meantime, a family mourns the loss of a child, and a community tries to come together to support them. Hopkins, himself the father to a 5-year-old girl, explained that he felt motivated to help the family out. “Where I come from, I wasn’t blessed with a lot of things. So, my mom and myself, we always said once we get to where we want to get to, we’re always going to give back. And that’s the mission we try to live by.” he told KHOU 11.