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The Game

Funding 6-Year-Old's Funeral

After Tragic Shooting

9/10/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game
is giving $10,000 to the family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot and killed outside her family's home this weekend in order to help out with funeral costs ... TMZ has learned.

The story is heartbreaking -- 6-year-old Tiana Ricks was shot and killed when two men approached her family's home in Moreno Valley and opened fire, striking Tiana and her father.

As she lay dying, Tiana reportedly turned to her father and asked, "Are you okay, Daddy?"

The Game read about the tragedy and tweeted, "This very sad story hit me in a place nothing ever has ... Tiana did not know she was shot & kept asking was her father okay."

So Game decided he wanted to help -- tracking down Tiana's family and pledging $10k to cover funeral costs.

FYI -- Game recently announced he's on a mission to give away $1,000,000 of his own money to those in need -- he calls it TheRobinHoodProject -- and this is just one of his charitable contributions.

TMZ spoke with Tiana's mother Marquia Macklin who tells us, "Game told me that he heard about my story and was really sorry.  He said that he wanted to help out and put me in touch with his financial team."

We're told the money is being wired to Marquia today.  Tiana's funeral will be Saturday.

While Marquia says she's extremely grateful for Game's generosity, she tells us, "It costs so much to bury her ... sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot.”

As for the shooting, cops are still on the hunt for the culprits -- and encourage anyone with information to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department.



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Very sweet for him to do that. But bad form for the mother. I cannot believe how crass she is. I buried my own daughter who was almost 3. It costs no where near 10k let alone double that. It is touching to see the people that have doing for those that don't so for her to say that blows my mind. This selfless child her only last concern was for her father and yet her mother seems to be wanting more. It really shows some things doesn't it?

406 days ago

Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards.

405 days ago

allison toa    

Good man Game, don't pay attention to the moms comment. your heart is in the right place. VERY GOOD MAN!!!!!!! I would have been happy with a dollar. GOD BLESS YOU. It was for TIANA!!

405 days ago

Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards. If you don't believe me - click on his avatar and then mine you will see for yourself. This person steals other people's avatar's and nick names then hides behind a proxy server and posts on all the boards. Beware: This person may very easily clone you also! So Heads Up!!

405 days ago


I see no mention whatsover of a description of the shooters by this TMZ story. Is it safe to assume "the shooters" we're more than likely .......... not " white Hispanics", otherwise we'd certainly see some self promoting by Al Not-So-Sharpton and Jessica-Jack-Ass-On. It's absolutely a parents' worst nightmare to go through this ........ I hope TMZ is not accurately quoting mommy saying "It's not enough" , if it is accurate, shame on you.

405 days ago


Why is a 6 year old just arriving to a relatives party at 9:30 pm????? She should have been in bed at that time even on a weekend. Bad parenting.

393 days ago
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