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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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This was wonderful on his part. I believe in his idea to give away money where and when needed. But the real focus of this article is this little angel. God is calling the children home first, so they may not face the horrors that bestow us. He is nearing And am preparing. Are you? Prophecies are getting real, real fast.

416 days ago


""It costs so much to bury her ... sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot.”
Say WHAT????? WTF are they burying her.?INGRATES!
Btw,...wonder if The Game would of done this for a white family?

416 days ago


She's lost her baby girl. I'm going to give her a pass on what she might say at this time. Good on this celebrity for his good deed.

416 days ago

my 2 cents    

So sad about this little girl.

Here in NYC we have a a young toddler who took a bullet meant for his Father. The boy died. The father refuses to cooperate with the cops and is now shopping his story to the highest bidder.

416 days ago


Bah to TMZ for calling it Los Angeles. Moreno Valley is at best a suburb sort of near LA, by sort of near, I mean almost 2 hours. It is in San Bernardino County. But I guess in order to garnish national headlines, they had to fudge the location. MoVal is a fairly small yet tight-knit community. The residents come together in cases like this. I'm glad that The Game made such an generous contribution. But really TMZ, celebrate the actual community for coming together as a whole rather than making them a 'lump-sum' in one of the few 'recognizable' Southern CA cities. LA officials and police force are not weighing in here nor are they making any kind of financial or emotional contribution. Count LA out and reach out to the nation to help a small community in RIVERSIDE county.

416 days ago

Miss Red    

That is a nice thing for The Game to do. This is such a sad story. I read today that after she was shot she said , ''Daddy are you ok''. Heartbreaking.

416 days ago


He is so incredibly kind for doing this. Good job Game.

416 days ago


It's not LA it's Moreno Valley

416 days ago


The mother was not fishing for more cash from The Game. The Ricks and Macklins are beyond greatful for any contribution, large or small. My neice Tiana was only 6 when those cowards took her life. She deserves the best send off celebration! Idgaf what any ignorant fool wants to say about it. They are good people who wouldn't work anyone over for money, celebrity or otherwise!!! #RIPtiana

416 days ago


Honestly its so sad to see how at a time like this some people just always have something bad or negative to say, first of all I know the mother and step father I went to school with them both and the mother didn't contact The Game or snoop dogg to contribute any money they contacted her!!!! Tiana was going to get buried regardless they were starting fundraisors and donations and but that's not the point her mother don't care about 10000 she give that back in a heart beat to have her lil girl back just like any human being will smh and if anybody else has something negative to say about TIANA OR HER MOTHER u can come to east side longbeach and say it to ANY random person and I guarantee u, u will get yout mouth busted wide opened straight

416 days ago


Good for The Game on this. May this little angel be in heaven ! Now Sharpton... where are you ? If a white person would have did this, you would have a field day with this. Because it was a black who did the shooting, it seems like a little girls life means nothing to you. HER LIFE MEANS EVERYTHING. Go to LA and tell the blacks to stop with the gangs. Stop shooting people. Stop killing people. Stop killing little innocent children. Sharpton... stop only caring for black people when white people hurt them. You seem never to have a problem when blacks kill blacks... or when blacks kill whites. I wish you would explain why. You call yourself a reverend... you should be preaching about love and not killing and not hurting. Stop preaching about hating the whites. Again... rest in peace little Tiana !

416 days ago


Sure sounds like mom is trying to cash in on her baby's funeral. Skip the horse drawn chariot mom, and whatever other waste of money you've got in mind and respect your child. Good for Game on this one, and RIP, little girl.

416 days ago


$10,000 is sufficient for a proper burial. The fact that the mother brought up the fact that it would cost double that amount for a casket and plot sickens me.

416 days ago


RIP Tiana.

416 days ago

Matt m    

What the hell could cost $20000 to bury somebody they must be paying snoop to sing at the wake or something. I hope the two dudes get some good street justice. Rip lil one

416 days ago
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