Rappers donate after 6-year-old girl shot dead
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Rapper-turned-reggae star Snoop Dogg is donating money for the funeral of a six-year-old girl killed in a gang-style shooting, joining a fellow rap artist in supporting her family, he said on Thursday.
The 41-year-old said the death of Tiana Ricks east of Los Angeles highlighted the need to step up campaigning against gun violence. He did not say how much he was donating.
Tiana and her 26-year-old father were shot last weekend outside their home in Moreno Valley, by two men who walked up to them and opened fire. Police chiefs have said the shooting could "possibly be gang related", although Ricks was not believed to be involved in gang activity.
"Little six-year-old girls are not supposed to die from a gunshot. But it keeps happening," Snoop Dogg - who last year changed his name to Snoop Lion - said in a statement cited by the LA Times.