Shattered community says final goodbye to 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Second suspect identified in shooting of 7-year-old report says

The Harris County Sherriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe has been charged with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

Both Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe were arrested on Saturday as the result of a tip-off, Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

Tuesday's arrest came as Jazmine's funeral was held - her family opted for an open coffin before the ceremony at a Houston church.

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.

Initially, law enforcement were searching for a white man driving a red pickup truck, after witnesses reported seeing him speed away from the scene.

Prosecutors say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they'd fought at a club hours earlier when they shot at Jazmine and her family.

Both men charged are black but a photofit of a suspect released last week showed a white male believed to be in his 30s or 40s. Attorneys for Woodruffe and Black could not be reached for comment.

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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.

The family was stopped at a red light near a Walmart when shots shattered the auto windows, striking Jazmine in the head.

Jail records indicate Woodruffe, who also is African-American, is in custody on drug possession charges. A man pulled his vehicle up next to their auto at around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

Shaun King, a journalist and activist who previously wrote for the New York Daily News, has said on social media that he passed along a tip he received after writing about the case online, which Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters on Sunday helped lead investigators to Black.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home.

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside a Walmart near where she was killed. "I know she's smiling down, and God's going to get the glory out of everything". Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs. O'Neal and a Houston police officer, Kenneth Miles, brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral.

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