Jazmine Barnes: Second man charged in drive-by shooting

Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston shows Larry D. Woodruffe. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the 24-year-old Woodruffe was charged Tuesday Jan. 8 2019 with capital murder in the Dec. 30 slaying of 7-y

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is the suspected gunman in the drive-by shooting of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed December 30 while driving with her family to the grocery store.

Jazmine Barnes loved hugs, playing "classroom", and singing louder than the radio. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family didn't lie to investigators, but rather mistakenly identified a witness as the gunman. The Sheldon Independent School District -- where Jazmine was a student at Monahan Elementary - has urged attendees to wear purple, in Jazmine's memory.

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.

For those who may have missed it, the seven-year-old was in a vehicle with her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and her three sisters near a Walmart outside of Houston when a now identified gunman opened fire - killing Jazmine instantly, and injuring LaPorsha and Jazmine's six-year-old sister.

Eric Black Jr., 20, was arrested Saturday in a traffic stop for not using his turn signal. Washington and her 6-year-old daughter were injured but Jazmine died at the scene. He is being held without bail.

Prosecutors said he confessed to driving the auto from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home matched the eight shell casings found at the scene.

"I believe - and having written hate crime legislation, knowing the criteria, I believe that this should be looked at as a hate crime", Jackson Lee said Friday.

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Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning.

Jail records indicate Woodruffe, who also is African-American, is in custody on drug possession charges. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting. "But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody".

"Gonzalez acknowledged at a press conference Sunday that he received a tip from King in the middle of the week that Barnes's killer was not the white male initially suspected in the case", The Daily Caller reported.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday outside the Walmart near where Jazmine was killed. "I can get up in the morning".

Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and National Football League player DeAndre Hopkins each made sizable donations to pay for the funeral.

More than 2,700 people donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family.

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

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