Second suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes' killing

Second suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes' killing

The man believed to have shot and killed Texas 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in a drive-by shooting late last month was charged Tuesday with capital murder.

A second suspect will face a charge of capital murder in connection with the Jazmine Barnes homicide investigation, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Black was pulled over for not using his turn signal and was initially arrested for marijuana possession, according to details released in an affidavit in a Harris County court this morning.

Prosecutors said Eric Black Jr. confessed to driving the vehicle from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home was consistent with eight shell casings found at the scene.

Investigators said they believe the gunman believed he was targeting someone else when he started shooting.

Police say both he and 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. are responsible for her death.

Woodruffe and Black are not believed to have meant to target Jazmine Barnes and her family and may have thought they were shooting at someone else, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has said.

"We are still heartbroken at the thought of a seven-year-old innocent child losing her life in such a violent way", Deric Muhammad, an organizer of a rally in Houston to demand "Justice for Jazmine", said in a statement Monday.

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Surveillance video showed a red pickup driven by a white man at a nearby stoplight just before the shooting, but the driver was not involved, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

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

As NPR reported, "Prosecutors say Black and an accomplice mistook the family's auto for that of someone they had gotten into an argument with the night before". The family had described the shooter as a white man. Gonzalez said that the tipster had approached writer and activist Shaun King days earlier, and King passed the tip on to police.

People spent the morning filing past Jazmine's open casket at the Community of Faith Church before a choir started the funeral just after noon.

The Sheldon Independent School District, the authority overseeing Jazmine's elementary school, urged mourners to wear purple in honor of Jazmine.

During the funeral, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, read a poem one of her aunts had written from the point of view of the little girl.

They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs.

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