Second suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes' killing

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

He and Eric Black Jr, 20 - who authorities say acted as his getaway driver - have now been charged.

Investigators believe Woodruffe and Black attacked the vehicle Barnes was riding in because they mistakenly thought it was occupied by people they'd fought at a nightclub hours earlier. At first the girl's family told police the killer was a white man in a red pickup they saw on the scene, and the police released a sketch matching their description.

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.

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

The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that homicide investigators had filed a capital murder charge against Larry Woodruffe, who has been in custody for several days.

The suspected gunman in the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes has a lengthy criminal history of drugs, guns and choking a girlfriend, court records show.

Jazmine was shot the morning of December 30 as she sat in the back seat of her mother's auto during a trip to Joe V's Smart Shop. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country.

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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. He was initially charged with felony drug possession pending further investigation.

More than 2,700 people donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family. The Sheldon Independent School District -- where Jazmine was a student at Monahan Elementary - has urged attendees to wear purple, in Jazmine's memory.

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love".

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence.

"I'm telling you, every time I see one of y'all reach out for me, I can hold my head up", her mother said.

"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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