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Shaq Paying for Jazmine Barnes’ Funeral Was ‘Right Thing to Do’

EXCLUSIVE

Shaquille O’Neal says the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is such a sad tragedy, he couldn’t imagine the family having to raise money for the funeral … and that’s why he stepped in. 

“With something that terrible to have happened, I don’t want people to have to worry about trying to raise a few thousand to pay for a funeral,” Shaq explained. 

As we previously reported, huge stars like Shaq and Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins opened their wallets to help out Jazmine’s family after she was senselessly shot and killed during a morning drive with her family. 

Jazmine — along with her mother and sisters — were going on a coffee run in Houston around 7 AM on Dec. 30 when two men in a pickup truck pulled up next to the car and opened fire. 

Jazmine was killed. Her mother was shot but survived. Her sisters were wounded by shattered glass.

Jazmine was laid to rest on Tuesday at the Community of Faith Church in Houston in front of roughly 1,000 mourners. 

Cops have arrested the two suspects. 

By the way, this isn’t the first time Shaq has reached into his pockets to help a family in need — we’ve covered a bunch of stories over the years featuring the ex-NBA star using his own funds to help people. 

It helps that he reportedly made more than $ 280 mil during his NBA career — but also, he continues to work his ass off. 

In fact, Shaq recently signed a deal to become the global ambassador for Zyppah — a product that helps people who suffer from sleep apnea.