Second Suspect Charged in Houston Girl's Death

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

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

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

On Dec. 30, Jazmine Barnes was gunned down on a Houston freeway near a Walmart while in the auto with her family.

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

The family of a white man wrongly accused of murdering a 7-year-old black child has revealed that they are receiving death threats in connection with the allegations.

Authorities say 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.

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.

Washington initially described the shooter as a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a red pickup truck, but both Woodruffe and Black are African-American. Attorneys for Woodruffe and Black could not be reached for comment. Jazmine, who would have turned 8 next month, was shot in the head and killed. The suspect was apprehended after an anonymous tip passed along by journalist and activist Shaun King implicated two men identified as "LW" and "EB" in the shooting.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including for assault, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, Houston station KHOU reported. A man pulled his vehicle up next to their auto at around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

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

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside a Walmart near where she was killed.

"I believe - and having written hate crime legislation, knowing the criteria, I believe that this should be looked at as a hate crime", Jackson Lee said Friday. "Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $82,000 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.

Her funeral was paid for by retired National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal and veteran Houston police officer Kenneth Miles.

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