Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder

Marsha Scott
January 11, 2019

A second suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old Houston girl has been charged with capital murder, Texas authorities announced Tuesday. The second suspect, 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe, a possible accomplice in the drive-by shooting, is also a black male.

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

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

Jazmine Barnes was being remembered Tuesday at The Community of Faith in Houston. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, 30, and one of Jazmine's sisters were injured in what appeared to be a random attack.

"This is most likely a case of mistaken identity", said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez at a Sunday news conference. Additionally, Black and Woodruffe were driving a car-not a truck.

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

The anonymous tipster said Black and another person, identified in court as "L.W.", shot at Jazmine's family's vehicle after mistaking it for another one.

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

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her office will decide at a later date whether to pursue a death penalty or life sentence for the men if they are convicted.

Jazmine's short, white casket could be seen covered in flowers as pallbearers rolled it into the church ahead of the funeral.

Social activist Shaun King and civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt helped raise a $100,000 reward last week for information leading to a break in the case.

Purple was Jazmine's favorite color. Jazmine's family had identified a white man as the shooter.

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love". Jazmine and her mom and sisters are African-American. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm just outside of sight.

"It had nothing to do with us, nothing to do with my uncle at all", said Hailey. Those in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gonzalez, who both spoke of reducing crime in the area.

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