Texans' DeAndre Hopkins pledges playoff check to helping Jazmine Barnes' family

HOUSTON – The story of Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting, has garnered attention and outrage from across the nation. 

All kinds of people, from community activists to celebrities, have shared their sentiments, support and condolences for Barnes’ family along with disbelief and shock about the crime.

Among those celebrities is Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Hopkins shared a post on Twitter saying he would dedicating Saturday’s game to Barnes and that he was going to help cover funeral costs.

“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 Shaun King, Ed Gonzalez (and Mayor) Sylvester Turner in bringing this man to justice. On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine.”

Shaun King is a community activist in New York who has teamed up with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to help find Barnes’ killer. 

The Texans will play against the Colts Saturday. 

About the Author:

Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.