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Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder

Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder”

The Harris County Sherriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe was charged Tuesday, Jan. 8 with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

The driver of the SUV, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. has also been charged with capital murder.

The announcement of the new charge came the same day as Jazmine's funeral, where many mourners wore Jazmine's favorite color, purple, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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.

The family had described the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup truck, prompting concerns by them and activists that her death was a hate crime.

"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity", investigators explained. Authorities now say that same white man in the red truck was likely a witness at the scene who sped away when the shooting started.

Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe.

Washington, 30, was shot in the arm, while Jazmine's 6-year-old sister was hit by shattered glass. Both men were taken into custody on Saturday after police received a tip from activist Shaun King, who said one of his "confidential informants" had identified the suspects.

Prosecutors said he confessed to driving the vehicle from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home matched the eight shell casings found at the scene. Jazmine, who would have turned eight next month, was shot in the head and killed. But while the latter quickly admitted to his involvement in the drive-by attack, Woodruffe was initially booked into the Harris County Jail on felony drug possession pending further investigation, officials said. As the service began, Jazmine's mother told her family, "Y'all ready?"

Hailey Cantrell says that despite the arrests of two suspects in the case, there have been non-stop threatening comments on her social media page regarding her uncle Robert Cantrell.

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

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love". She enjoyed life and the joy I saw in some of the videos brought smiles to my life.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged his National Football League playoff game check to Jazmine's family.

Shaquille O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles are covering the costs of her funeral.



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