Shaquille O'Neal, Houston officer cover cost of Jazmine Barnes' funeral

HOUSTON – Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and a Houston police officer have covered the funeral costs for a 7-year-old girl who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Jazmine Barnes was shot in the head about 7 a.m. Sunday while her family’s vehicle was traveling on the Beltway 8 feeder road near Wallisville Road.

The story has garnered national attention, including a $100,000 reward being offered by a New York City activist to the person who turns in the gunman.

On Thursday, sources close to the family told KPRC2’s Brandon Walker that O’Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles dropped off a cashier’s check to cover the costs of Jazmine’s funeral, which is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Green House International Church on West Greens Road.

Jazmine Barnes is seen in this undated family photo taken from a GoFundMe page that was created by her family after she was shot and killed Dec. 30, 2018.

"It touched me deeply," Miles said.

Miles told KPRC2 he and O'Neal talked about Jazmime's death and decided to help.

"You can just imagine if one of your children or loved ones were the victims and maybe you having helped could maybe just ease the pain of not worrying about covering that cost," Miles said.


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