He’s known as Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg and now also as a philanthropist, with the 41-year-old rap and reggae superstar donating money to assist with the costs of a funeral for a 6-year old girl who was killed in a gang-style shooting in East Los Angeles.
Tiana Ricks and her 26-year-old father Tyrell were killed outside their Moreno Valley home last weekend by two men who simply walked up to them and began shooting. The pair are yet to be apprehended, with police saying the incident may have been gang related.
Snoop said the tragedy has highlighted the need to end gun violence in America, saying that too many lives are being cut short:
“Little six-year-old girls are not supposed to die from a gunshot. But it keeps happening. From the mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown, to gang violence in the streets and murders in our own backyards, too many tears are being shed.”
And he’s not the only rapper getting on the cause and helping to stop the glorification of guns in hip hop culture, with fellow Californian The Game also pledging $10,000 to help pay for Tiana’s funeral, saying it was “very sad story [that] hit me in a place [where] nothing ever has.”
Snoop, who has launched a campaign using the hashtag #NoGunsAllowed on Twitter, will be heading to Australia in January 2014 to headline the Big Day Out.
(via ABC News)