Shattered community says goodbye to 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

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Shattered community says goodbye to 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

On Sunday, authorities charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder in the tragic and senseless death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that homicide investigators had filed a capital murder charge against Larry Woodruffe, who has been in custody for several days.

The news of Woodruffe's charges came the same day as Jazmine's funeral, where hundreds turned out to The Community of Faith Church in North Houston to pay their respects. Barnes was in the back seat of a auto with her mother, LaPorsha Washington (who was shot in the arm), while Brown was shot in the head.

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

Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they'd previously fought at a club hours earlier when they shot at Jazmine and her family, according to authorities.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting.

But after a week of searching, an anonymous tip led to the arrest of Eric Black Jr. LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother, said she noticed a red or maroon pickup truck stop next to them at a red light.

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

LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother, told authorities that a auto pulled up next to theirs, firing a spray of bullets inside.

Jazmine was struck in the head by a bullet and died at the scene.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home.

"When Jazmine Barnes was killed I pledged to find who killed her".

Hailey Cantrell says despite the arrests of two suspects in the murder case, as recent as Monday, there have been threatening comments on her Facebook page regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell. "Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.

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

Her funeral was paid for by retired National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal and veteran Houston police officer Kenneth Miles.

Houston Texans receiver star DeAndre Hopkins has also said he will donate his $29,000 playoff game check to help with funeral costs.

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