Hundreds Rally As 7-Year-Old Houston Girl’s Killer Remains Unknown

Marsha Scott
January 7, 2019

In a press release Saturday, Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators identified 20-year-old Eric Black Jr.as an alleged culprit in the December 30 attack.

Officials say the 20 year old has admitted to taking part in the shooting; however, investigators believe there are more suspects at large.

She was reportedly riding in the auto with her mother and three siblings when the gunman fired several shots into the vehicle.

In an emotional speech, Jazmine's aunt, Sharonica Watt, asked her niece's killer why he took the little girl's life. Another man who was arrested but has not been publicly identified is also black, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Multiple sources tell FOX 26 News that a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, along with a possible second suspect.

Investigators were continuing to "pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged", the statement said.

"I'm telling you, every time I see one of y'all reach out for me, I can hold my head up", she said.

Jazmine's father, Christopher Cevilla, said his daughter was a loving and caring girl who was 'very smart in school'.

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While speculation centered on the premise that the shooting may have been race related, Fox 26 reported that the shooting death was likely the result of mistaken identity and gang related.

Some community leaders believe the shooting that left Jazmine dead is connected to an incident in 2017 where a white man with an AR-15 was reportedly shooting at random cars near that same area.

Activist Shaun King took to social media on January 1, 2019, to announce that he had teamed up with civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt of the Merritt Law Firm to initially offer a $35,000 reward for information regarding the suspect. A white man in a red pickup truck pulled up beside the auto and opened fire, police said.

On Saturday, hundreds attended a rally in Houston calling for those responsible for Jazmine Barnes's death to be brought to justice.

"We're not gonna rest until we find justice for Jazmine", Gonzalez said. Prosecutors said the 9 mm handgun believed used in the shooting had been recovered from Black's home.

Jazmine's funeral is due to take place on Tuesday.

The Texans wide receiver announced on Twitter that he plans to donate his wild-card round playoff fee to Barnes' family to help cover the cost of the funeral. "I can get up in the morning".

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