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Shaquille O' Neil and Houston Police Officer Cover Expenses for Funeral of 7-year-old Girl Killed in Drive-by Shooting 

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The tragic story of Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old girl who was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mother and sisters, has received attention not only from the entire state of Texas, but the nation as a whole.

In the days following the shooting, activists, first responders and celebrities are calling for justice for Jazmine. Helping the police in their investigation is activist Shaun King. He's made many tweets about the incident, and is even offering a reward of $100,000 to whoever turns in the shooter. The reward was originally $25,000 but thanks to donations from private parties, it has increased exponentially.
NFL star DeAndre Hopkins tweeted about the incident as well.
DeAndre isn't the only professional sports player getting involved. NBA icon and San Antonio high school basketball star Shaquille O' Neal, as well as Houston senior police officer Kenneth Miles, delivered a cashier's check to pay for Jazmine's funeral.
Jazmine was the only person killed in the shooting. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm, but fortunately her siblings were unharmed. Police released this sketch of the suspect based on eyewitness reports. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the man is believed to be white with blue eyes and a thin build. He is also believed to be around his 30s or 40s, and was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the shooting. He didn't have a full beard but did have a bit of stubble on his face.
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