Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Family of man wrongfully accused in Jazmine Barnes' shooting speaks out

A mourner approaches the casket of Jazmine Barnes during a viewing ceremony before the memorial services on Tuesday Jan. 8 2019 at the Community of Faith Church in Houston. Barnes was fatally shot Dec. 30 2019 while in a car with her family during Eric Black Jr. & Larry Woodruffe Charged With Capital Murder In Death Of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes
Jeannette Daniel | 10 January, 2019, 17:44

The Harris County Sherriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe was charged Tuesday, Jan. 8 with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

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

Jazmine was shot the morning of December 30 as she sat in the back seat of her mother's auto during a trip to Joe V's Smart Shop.

Authorities previously said that they believe Woodruffe was the person in an SUV who fired on Jazmine and her family as they drove to a store.

The little girl's family had initially believed the attack was racially motivated after describing the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup truck.

According to police, Black said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family didn't lie to investigators, but rather mistakenly identified a witness as the gunman.

Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old Texas girl, was shot and killed after a man opened fire on the vehicle with her family inside.

The sheriff's office corroborated the tip and took Black and Woodruffe into custody on Saturday.

Court records show Woodruffe has a long criminal record, including arrests for assault on a family member, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

"I am grateful to everyone", she said, her arm in a sling from an injury she suffered in the shooting.

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

"Let me tell you the story of the red truck and how it came to be the focus of this investigation".

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

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.

The heartbreaking murder of Jazmine captured the attention of the country, including community activists and celebrities, as the search for her killer went on for a week.

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love".

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

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $82,000 from almost 3,000 donors.

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

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