What a kind gesture, by a gentle giant.
Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has dedicated Saturday’s game to Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old girl who was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in Houston. Hopkins said he will donate his $29,000 playoff check to help pay for funeral costs and said he would join in the effort to bring Barnes’ killer to justice.
“What I can do, that’s nothing, that won’t bring back a person,” Hopkins said Thursday. “I’m not trying to make it out about me or anything like that. It’s the least I could do.”
Hopkins also said he would join Shaun King, a civil rights activist in New York; County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; and Mayor Sylvester Turner to help locate the murderer. A reward of $100,000 has been offered for any information leading to an arrest. Services for Jazmine are Tuesday. Afterward, mourners will release purple balloons in her memory.
“I have 5-year-old daughter. That could have been anybody in that position,” Hopkins said. “Or anybody in the city. It’s just unfortunate.