2nd suspect charged in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes

2nd suspect charged in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is the suspected gunman in the drive-by shooting of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed December 30 while driving with her family to the grocery store. Woodruffe was arrested along with Eric Black Jr. on January 5 but was held on felony drug possession pending further investigation.

The funeral took place at the Community of Faith Church in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Barnes was in a vehicle with her mother and her three sisters as they were leaving a Walmart parking lot in Houston late last month.

"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", authorities said.

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.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting.

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.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning.

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The sheriff's office corroborated the tip and took Black and Woodruffe into custody on Saturday.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including for assault, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, Houston station KHOU reported.

"I am grateful to everyone", she said, her arm in a sling from an injury she suffered in the shooting.

Hailey Cantrell says despite the arrests of two suspects in the murder case, as recent as Monday, there have been threatening comments on her Facebook page regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell.

Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday outside the Walmart near where Jazmine was killed.

Washington thanked everyone who came to honor her daughter, whose birthday is next month, she said. "But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody". But the sheriff's office later received a tip from civil rights activist Shaun King that sent the case in a new direction. Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs.

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