By Sandra Rose  | 

DeAndre Hopkins, Jazmine Barnes

A NFL player stepped up to contribute to the growing reward fund for Jazmine Barnes, the 7-year-old Houston girl who was gunned down in a Walmart parking lot.

On Thursday, DeAndre Hopkins announced he will donate his NFL playoff check -- $29,000 -- to pay funeral expenses and help authorities find the gunman who shot and killed Jazmine on Dec. 30.

The Houston Texans wide receiver announced the donation on, saying he plans to donate his playoff check from the upcoming AFC wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The funds will assist the family with funeral expenses for Jazmine.

"When I see Jazmine Barnes' face, I see my own daughter... On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine," Hopkins tweeted.

Jazmine's mom, LaPorsha Washington, 30, told police she was taking her four daughters, ages 6 to 16, to Joe V's to get coffee at 7 a.m. Sunday morning when a man in a red, 4-door pickup truck drove by and opened fire into the car.

Washington told a reporter the man stopped the truck and fired a second volley of bullets into the car through the front windshield.

Jazmine was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington was struck in the arm by a bullet, and two of her daughters were injured by flying glass.

Police say the attack was unprovoked, but they are not leaving out the possibility of road rage.

The reward fund has grown to $100,000.

Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

  • Renee26


  • PrettyNetty28

    This is incredibly sad. I can’t wait for them to catch the person and when they do.... Pray they let him be in general population in jail. F**k that!

  • DroneRivers

    That's great! I hope they catch that bastard soon.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Now that's what's up! RIP Babygirl!!!
    Why would someone do something like that? I just don't understand how someone can have so much hate for another person they do not know and has done them no wrong!

  • @yeuphonic

    Now that reward balance is incentive enough for one of the killer's uncle dad or sister mom or cousin brother to turn his ass in.

  • FukkFolks2019

    Saw this and it touched me

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. A lot of pro athletes give of their own time and money to do good things for the commmunity, and they rarely get enough credit for that.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Peace

    This story is sad and confusing all at the same time. Mom and 4? kids out at 7am on Sunday morning for coffee and Walmart run? Does Mom not cook breakfast and serve coffee at home this hour of the morning? Were the kids sleepy? Where is the video of all of them in the Walmart? The Walmart Parking lot video period? Cops do better or release footage of store transactions for stolen credit cards more than they have let the public in on in this case. It is so sad this child is Gone too soon. I sincerely hope the police are doing a thorough investigation.
    Somehow the GoFundMe for the homeless man giving his last $20.00 for gas scandal comes to mind. A big red truck with a white man completely falls off radar. Hopefully there are gas station pics, freeway, off ramp, just plain ole traffic light, and business camera footage to piece together the Mother's path to Walmart and beyond as well as the shooter.

    God be with this family.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I caught on to that coffee bit as well... I know no 7 year old that needs/wants coffee at 7am... Something is off. RIP baby girl!

  • TheWildChild

    $100k ? Somebody will be snitching soon. I found it odd the local media didn't emphasize on this until day 2 and also how they interviewed the father and trying to insinuate him and the mom as being involved by questioning where exactly did the shooting take place prior to the mom driving in fear to safety. Then it's was later reported the father saying he had no reason for his family to be targeted. This is a terribly sad ? and utterly senseless murder.

  • HotInCleveland

    Agreed! Eric Reid and Beastmode come to mind amongst the many many others.

  • luVn_liFe…

    bless Hopkins.. he's a bad man on the field.

    this made me choke up terribly. :~(

  • Rayne

    You’ve got to be real son of a bitch to kill a child. Please find him!

  • luVn_liFe…

    I agree; its a bizarre occurrence. Ultimately in the end this childs death is tragic!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    This makes me so angry! Poor Jazmine!!
    Nice of Hopkins.

  • R in NYC

    Ok cuz kids really shouldn't be drinking coffee. This woman had her first child at 14 so maybe she's a bit young minded when it comes to priorities and what's best for children. I didn't know the girls father had 7 other kids....damn!!! Makes you wonder why the mother keeps having kids especially by a man with soany already. I don't mean to sound petty or mean but the parents both strike me as "slow".

  • R in NYC

    I tried to upvote your comment and hit down arrow instead and it won't let me change it.

  • luVn_liFe…

    I havent heard much of the mothers story about this.. its too tragic and sad. Today I did read that they gave a description of the driver. Even that he had a big stomach.

  • Rere

    Awesome of him !!!

  • Listen2Me

    I wonder how she saw the belly in a truck? Unless he jumped in his truck and then chased them.

  • R in NYC

    Trump's America is a dangerous place for blacks these days.
    We can't barbecue in the park, chill at a Starbucks, rent an air b and b, hang out in our own college lounge, cash our own paycheck, have our daughter sell water outside our apartment, hang out in the hotel lobby where we have a room and a room key, drive a white friend's children to Walmart with us, work in peace at a McDonalds, and now drive in a car to the store with our children without some crazy azz white person deciding we don't have the right to do so....FOH!

  • Keekz

    This is a lovely gesture.

  • KcoolMuziq

    U forgot go home to our luxury, leased, multi complex building without being FOLLOWED & given DIRTY LOOKS!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That was so kind of him! I hope they find this nut real soon.

  • luVn_liFe…


  • ClaireHuxtable

    I need no incentive to turn in a h0t head. I'd do it or free.

  • Queen B

    Man can they please look at those streets and stores cameras to catch this demon

  • morenYAHdelsur

    My sister, mom and I used to get coffee and beignets every Saturday morning. Early! I don’t think that part is odd.

  • Ryan

    Support for the community, love it and hope there's more of it in 2019. Hope they find this demon, check every street cam, nearby businesses that had transactions that time of morning while checking THEIR cameras for a red truck, etc. Every minute he's on the loose is a damned disgrace.

  • Harley

    Such a great gesture

  • We Can Do This

    This is a commendable act of kindness and generosity.

    I find it hard to believe law enforcement hasn't tracked his whereabouts yet with cameras positioned at just about every traffic light.

  • stav

    Thank you Mr. NFL player!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    That's awesome and I pray they find the POS

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs


  • Lady_Elle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Hopkins!
    Such compassion!
    I pray that he and family are Blessed abundantly!

  • Vonn

    Thank you!! Let's catch this bastards.

  • Kimberly King

    Eric and Marshawn are DEFINITELY about that life. Love them

  • Soon2BWife

    Good for him. Sweet baby girl. ??

  • Peace

    This. As if cops aren't patrolling the streets at all and notice this red truck speeding away, or no one heard the shots. It was brazen and brutal. No child deserves that.

    Susan Smith a white woman some years ago saud a black man stole her car and kidnapped her kids. The Nation was in shock just like now.
    But the Sheriff knew the exact location and the traffic light needed another vehicle to stop in order to change or something to that effect according to her story he knew she was lying. Cryimg and hollering about that black man carjacked her and took her kids.
    Black men were on edge had not the Sheriff had a calm level head and check out every detail of her trail to that location somebody may have been blamed for her story in the end she drove her kids into a lake and drowned them.

    I really hope and pray she is being truthful. It just so heartbreaking some souless individual could do this.

    We all have our opions but we must be realistic and see through crocodile tears to get to the Truth.

  • lovelygamour

    thats wonderful that he is helping. i hope the mom is being honest about the the murderer. if it was road rage she needs to tell the cops what happened. if its a boyfriend or something else she needs to tell that as well.

  • che’lint

    I don't believe this story. or I don't want to believe it.

  • Ayeola George

    Remember its Christmas ... kids are up all night they were just probably in the holiday spirit... and I cant blame the mom for wanting her kids with her... I would probably do the same thing... there days you cant trust people with your kids...

    I read somewhere that there was an incident a year or two ago with a white guy in a red pickup involved in an unprovoked incident and one black man was killed. could be related.

  • free

    i'm happy the reward is up to $100K now.

  • Miss Thang

    What a beautiful child ???

  • jason rite

    Please Lord find this white supremacist kkk Neanderthal and put him out of his misery!!!!
    We black men must act now and protect our innocent black women and children.Until THE MOST HIGH YAH comes and judge this world,things are going to get worse for us!!

  • Nonya Bizness

    Maybe Sunday mornings were for their bonding and spending time together. I had a friend with young children, younger than 6, and she'd let them drink coffee. Maybe the coffee shop also sells pastries and donuts, and milk and juice for the kids. Plus Walmart would be less busy that early in the morning.

  • SpiceGirl

    I don't want to either

  • SpiceGirl

    I truly hope they catch this puke monster (who ever the hell he is) Rest easy baby girl and prayers to her family

  • Sassie

    I'm so sickened by this. Please find this DEVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Chosen One

    That is totally awesome and a gracious deed for him to donate his check to the young girl's family.

  • voyageurs47

    Go Texans! Totally awesome of him!

  • voyageurs47

    I was watching the news this a.m. as I was getting ready for work. One of the baby girls said the guy who shot her little sister was on the passenger side....I guess this means there were two guys in the truck.

  • voyageurs47

    I started drinking coffee at a very young age. My grandma used to drive 3 of my cousins and I for breakfast/coffee as early as 6am on weekends. It's not unusual.

  • voyageurs47

    I heard on the news that one of the girls described him as "thin and pale or 'sickly'"

  • lovelygamour

    i used to go early morning eating/shopping with my mom but this is beginning to sound like the mom met up with someone and it didnt end well. yes it could be roadrage but the whole story shouldve been out by now. the police wouldve told the public everything so they could find the truck.

  • SeannaPaula

    Need more brotha making these type of move I salute you Mr. Barnes .

  • pynkrose407

    Prayers for the family and praying they find the coward....

  • Peace

    The FBI needs to get involved. A child no matter the race or where they were going coffee, church, a family was ambushed. This is serious. A domestic terror attack on American soil. The police chief released a sketch bit that aint good enough. Somebody out there killing folk. They have access and experts to track DMV records for red trucks local, statewide to identify the driver.

    This happened in Atlanta on Easter Sunday a few years ago. A girl named Amy killed 4 people a baby a young kid, and parents in a hit and run. She went home hide the car in the garage. Her mother a school principal helped her get the car fixed and painted but neighbors remembered the car. They lived in a suburb of Atlanta in million dollar mansions. They were both found guilty of vehicular homicide 4 counts and went to prison. Mom did like 8 years Amy got like life or something.
    The "TRUCK" is the key evidence here. It happened so fast, the Mom and kids were in shock. Their recollection of events may change in comparison.

    This is on law enforcement to crack this case by continuing to show the public video and pics of the truck on the route it traveled to and from the crime scene.
    Hope they find the sicko