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

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

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

Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged Tuesday in connection with Barnes' death on December 30, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

After a week-long manhunt, amplified by the help of social awareness of the case on Twitter, police have arrested and charged Eric Black Jr.

The news of Woodruffe's charges came the same day as Jazmine's funeral, where hundreds turned out to The Community of Faith Church in North Houston to pay their respects.

Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was in the vehicle with Jazmine and her three sisters near a Houston-area Walmart store on 30 December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.

Jazmine and her three sisters were still in their pajamas as the family drove to a store for breakfast supplies.

Witnesses had described the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup truck, prompting concerns by the family and activists that Jazmine's death was a hate crime.

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. The source reportedly later provided an Instagram account name linking police to "EB" AKA Eric Black Jr. directly for arrest.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning for the drug case and will have a preliminary hearing in the murder case on Thursday morning, according to online records.

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.

A sketch drawn up by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, which greatly resembles Cantrell, a white man with blue eyes, was released and then widely circulated by the prominent Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, last week. But while the latter quickly admitted to his involvement in the drive-by attack, Woodruffe was initially booked into the Harris County Jail on felony drug possession pending further investigation, officials said. Jazmine was hit in the head and died. Jazmine and her mom and sisters are African-American.

"I just want everyone to back off", she said.

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 $81,900 from almost 3,000 donors.

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

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