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Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

10 January 2019

Despite the sad occasion, there was still a glimmer of hope for justice as the Harris County Sherriff's Office charged Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, with capital murder for the deadly shooting, according to the Associated Press.

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.

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.

"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", authorities said.

Though initial reports, civil rights leaders, and racial activists framed the murder as a racially-motivated hate crime, the suspect, like young Jazmine, is black.

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Washington initially described the shooter as a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a red pickup truck, but both Woodruffe and Black are African-American.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including pleading guilty to choking a girlfriend, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. They were fired upon and Barnes was fatally hit; her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was injured. Jazmine, who would have turned 8 next month, was shot in the head and killed. Prominent activist Shaun King, who's credited with providing the sheriff's office with the tip that led to Black and Woodruffe's arrests, remained skeptical, however.

Then in 2015 he was caught with drugs and a day after a judge ordered a community supervision a woman living with Woodruffe reported he had choked her.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home. Her mother was shot in the arm.

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

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Jazmine was remembered during her more than two-hour funeral at The Community of Faith church in Houston for a sweet spirit, her smile and as a person who always wanted to give hugs and help others.

"I just want everyone to back off".

As I pointed out yesterday, it turns out the man pictured, who has not been identified yet, was apparently just a witness who fled the scene in his truck when he heard the shots.

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

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

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Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting