Gun violence continues to be a major topic of political discussion in the United States. But as the public goes back-and-forth, former NBAer Shaquille O’Neal is doing his part to ease the pain of one family.
Seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes was killed on Dec. 30, 2018 when a truck pulled up next to her family’s car and began shooting. Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, was also injured. As of Sunday morning, police have arrested a suspect in the shooting, Eric Black Jr.
Meanwhile, O’Neal and a local Houston police officer came together to help pay for Jazmine’s funeral.
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.
“It touched me deeply,” Miles said.
“I just wanted to keep the pain away, trying to raise money and pay for the funeral because funerals can be quite expensive,” O’Neal said in an interview with KPRC2.
Houston Texans wide received DeAndre Hopkins also donated his check from a recent game to the family.
Good on O’Neal, Officer Miles, and Hopkins for doing more than their part for Jazmine’s family.