Texans' DeAndre Hopkins pledges playoff game check to family of Jazmine Barnes

Saul Bowman
January 7, 2019

About six miles from where Jazmine was gunned down, a white man driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck shot at the auto that then-21-year-old A'vonta Williams was driving on August 30, 2017. Jazmine was killed, and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and younger sister were wounded. Her three sisters suffered minor cuts from shattered glass.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a press conference on Thursday that the suspect could have changed his facial hair by now.

Hopkins is scheduled to make $29,000 for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The case has gained prominence across the United States, and celebrities have joined the appeal to find Jazmine's killer using the hashtag #JusticeForJazmine.

Gonzalez said the shooting occurred on a service road as the family was heading to a store. That could've been anybody in that position on the team. "We are thoroughly convinced that the killing of Jazmine Barnes was race related".

The new sketch, published on Thursday, was compiled from testimony by Ms Washington and two of her daughters, aged 13 and 15, who were in the vehicle at the time.

A community rally is planned on Saturday in the area near to where the shooting took place.

"Jazmine loved music. She was a lovable person", Washington said.


Authorities in Texas continue to investigate what prompted a weekend shooting that killed a 7-year-old black girl after activists on Wednesday claimed the incident was racially motivated. Merritt has also, along with well known civil rights activist and writer Shaun King, raised the substantial cash reward for information leading to the man's capture.

"Get help. Please, get help", she said she told her two teenage daughters, who jumped out and tried to flag down drivers on the freeway.

They said the gunman deliberately looked inside both sides of the auto before firing inside, attorney Lee Merritt said on Thursday.

Jazmine's family believes the shooting was a hate crime, especially since the gunman appeared to have deliberately looked inside both sides of the auto before he opened fire, their attorney Lee Merritt told reporters on Thursday.

"Find him. This evil monster", Union tweeted.

"I just want anybody, whoever, out there that knows anything about the murder of my daughter, to just please step up as if it was your own", Cevilla told reporters. "She loved dressing up". She was already trying to sit in my lap and drive. "They're so unbelievable", Washington said of her children.

In the auto, she usually sang louder than the radio, her mother said.

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