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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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Shoozie    

Mom didn't have to add "it only covers half the casket...." How about saying THANK YOU!

304 days ago
2.

tonywestspeaks!    

****ing "cowards" who deserves to die a tortoise DEATH! S***bag...

304 days ago
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Thone    

Sad.

304 days ago
4.

ani    

Why haven't people made any comments yet? Finally a celebrity has done something generous for the community. Much kudos to Game. Everyones quick to comment and bash how certain people are famous for doing nothing, same people need to reach out and show their appreciation to Game.

304 days ago
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Ricardo Marquez    

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.”

living and dieing beyond their means

304 days ago
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Krome    

this is sad ...nobody omments on positive things that famous people do. its a godless america and i wanna move to canada or australia.

304 days ago
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Babycakes    

"It costs so much to bury her ... sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot.”

Ungrateful much? Having recently buried my father I know for a fact you can have an extremely nice funeral and reception for $10K. So that is a load of crap. Now if you want a platinum casket and a 5 star reception that is your issue but you should still say thank you!

304 days ago
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Knownbutunknown     

Here is what God will be looking at when you go to meet him... He will be looking at your heart and some of you snakes will be sent to your father Satin when you leave here because you have nothing but evil Ian's hate in there. Big ups to the GAME for giving money while these brood of vipers didn't give anything but a nasty derogatory comments.

304 days ago
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6one9    

Cremation is another option
I know thats how I'm going!!
Sad sad sad world we live in today!

304 days ago
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Lisa    

Wow. Ingrate. Her baby shot dead, a celebrity giving her 10,000 out of kindness, she has a national platform, and THAT is what she decides to say?! It's not enough? UGH. Gross.

Poor little baby girl.

304 days ago
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What Jamie Said    

I buried my dad with a lovely funeral for £3000, so about $5000 - I think she's going a bit OTT and sadly covering it in the name of her late daughter. Sad story though.

304 days ago
12.

sandy    

$10000 only covers half?? What?? How would they have paid for it if not for him then?

304 days ago
13.

Steve    

A cute little girl who did not deserve to die. A tragedy. Where is Al and Jesse. Let's find these guys. Oh, I forgot, not even enough to cover cost of a funeral. This girls mother should have been shot.

304 days ago
14.

Itoldu    

I'm so sick of hearing of these poor babies dying in the crossfire of gun- totin' @ssholes.
Rest in peace little one.

304 days ago
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Lovin life!!!    

thank the game for that money for the family. the mom is just ugh ugh

304 days ago
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