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The Confusing Case of Jazmine Barnes, Explained

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 driver of the SUV, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. has also been charged with capital murder.

The news came the day Jazmine Barnes' family and thousands of other people packed a church for her funeral.

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.

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.

"There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

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.

Washington, 30, was shot in the arm, while Jazmine's 6-year-old sister was hit by shattered glass.

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. A man pulled his vehicle up next to their auto at around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

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He claims the second suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24, was the only other person in the vehicle, and was the one who shot from the passenger side.

Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says.

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 just want everyone to like, back off", she told the station.

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. "I know she's smiling down, and God's going to get the glory out of everything".

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

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $81,900 from almost 3,000 donors.

Reports say O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to Jazmine's family last week, but he isn't the only superstar offering a hand.

The Confusing Case of Jazmine Barnes, Explained