Family, community prepare to say final goodbye to Jazmine Barnes

Family, community prepare to say final goodbye to Jazmine Barnes

Family, community prepare to say final goodbye to Jazmine Barnes

Twenty-year-old Eric Black has been charged with capital murder and 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe is in jail on an unrelated charge but is believed to be the shooter.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said it will decide later whether to pursue the death penalty against either Black or Woodruffe.

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.

Once Black was in custody, investigators discovered he had also been identified by an anonymous tipster as one of two suspects rumored to be involved in the shooting death of the second grader.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday that a white male who one of Jazmine's sisters saw at the scene was likely a bystander and potential witness to the attack.

Family members and friends held a funeral service for the girl in Houston on Tuesday, with her body carried in a white casket with flowers and the message "Princess Jazmine" sewn into the lid, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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 suspected driver of the assailants' vehicle, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., was charged with capital murder on Sunday.

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Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe.

Jazmine was shot in the head as her mother drove her and her siblings on a shopping trip.

"We are still heartbroken at the thought of a seven-year-old innocent child losing her life in such a violent way", Deric Muhammad, an organizer of a rally in Houston to demand "Justice for Jazmine", said in a statement Monday. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country. He was initially charged with felony drug possession pending further investigation.

Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing.

Jazmine's mother and father were the first to speak at the funeral, and both of them started by expressing gratitude to the church and community.

"Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.

"I just want to believe that all of us will be better, that all of us will work harder, all of us will strive to make this world a safer place for our children", said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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