2nd suspect charged in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes

Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

Second Suspect Charged With Murder In Shooting of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

The Harris County Sherriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe has been charged with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes. "King wrote Sunday on Instagram that he received the tip on January 3 that a 20-year-old black man named Eric Black Jr. and another man had shot Barnes".

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, attended by thousands of people at the Community of Faith Church in Houston.

Jazmine, who was 7, was riding in a auto with her mother and sisters on December 30 when someone in another vehicle shot her in the head.

A second man, who prosecutors said was Woodruffe, opened fire on the vehicle carrying Washington and her daughters, authorities said.

Witnesses had described the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup truck, prompting concerns by the family and activists that Jazmine's death was a hate crime.

Investigators believe Woodruffe and Black attacked the auto Barnes was riding in because they mistakenly thought it was occupied by people they'd fought at a nightclub hours earlier.

"This is most likely a case of mistaken identity", said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez at a Sunday news conference. The source reportedly later provided an Instagram account name linking police to "EB" AKA Eric Black Jr. directly for arrest. Jazmine was hit in the head and died.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including for assault, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, Houston station KHOU reported.

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Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says. Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her arm. Her other two teen siblings escaped from the auto uninjured. "Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.

Activist and journalist, Shaun King, says after offering rewards and soliciting the community, he got a tip which led to the arrest.

"I just want everyone to like, back off", she told the station.

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside the Walmart near where she was killed.

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence.

Texans star DeAndre Hopkins donated his $29K check from last Saturday's game to support her family.

Reports say O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to Jazmine's family last week, but he isn't the only superstar offering a hand.

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