Family, community rallies for slain 7-year-old girl Jazmine Barnes


The unsolved murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes is one step closer to having justice with a man getting charged in connection to her death following a drive-by shooting in Houston.

One week after the shooting occurred, Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black, Jr. have been arrested in Harris County, Texas.

But Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference that additional information received by investigators made them realize the suspect had more of a "five o'clock shadow".

HCSO said that a man in a red pickup truck fired gunshots toward the auto that Jazmine was in with her mother and three sisters.

Barnes' mother, LaPorcha Washington, described to KPRC in detail what happened on December 30, 2018, explaining that she was on a coffee run with her four daughters when the shooting happened. Another man who was arrested but has not been publicly identified is also black, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

Washington and Jazmine's father, Chris Cevilla, said they remain hopeful that their daughter's killer will be found.

U.S. police have charged a man in connection with the drive-by shooting of a seven-year-old girl in Texas. Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case.

A second suspect may also be in custody after the child was gunned down in the back seat of her family's vehicle with her three siblings and mom, according to reports.

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Previously, the sheriff's office believed the suspect was driving in a red truck.

It's been a week since someone in a red pick-up truck opened fire on a vehicle in the Houston area.

Deric Muhammad, a community activist who helped organise Saturday's rally, told the crowd that everyone there had a role to play "in finding justice for this baby". Prosecutors said he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto. He was believed to be wearing a black hoodie at the time of the shooting.

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally Saturday afternoon for the girl near where the shooting happened.

Almost 2,500 people have donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family.

"We're going to find him no matter what corner we have to turn, no matter what rock we have to look under", she said.

The statement from Harris County Sheriff's Office said Eric Black had been arrested as the result of a tip-off.

"This is a disgrace to our nation and we want the hate to stop".