Authorities announced Tuesday that a second black man has been charged in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old Houston black girl, whose death her family had initially believed was racially motivated.
A second suspect will face a charge of capital murder in connection with the Jazmine Barnes homicide investigation, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. Woodruffe was previously being held on unrelated drug charges. The driver of the SUV, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. has also been charged with capital murder. Woodruffe was believed to be the shooter while Eric Black, Jr., 20, drove the vehicle from which the fatal bullets were fired.
Jazmine and her three sisters were still in their pajamas as the family drove to a store for breakfast supplies.
"This was a wonderful turnout", LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother, said through tears.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family didn't lie to investigators, but rather mistakenly identified a witness as the gunman. Both suspects remain jailed.
The news came the day Jazmine Barnes' family and thousands of other people packed a church for her funeral.
Authorities said Woodruffe, who was riding in a vehicle driven by Black, opened fire on December 30 and killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was in another auto with her family. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country.
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Based on the family's description, the Harris County Sheriff's Office circulated a composite sketch of a white man possibly being the shooter.
Social activist Shaun King and civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt helped raise a $100,000 reward last week for information leading to a break in the case.
Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was in the auto 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.
The white casket of 7-year-old Barnes was carried into a church Tuesday, a tiara among the purple and white flowers that topped it. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm just outside of sight.
"I am grateful to everyone", she said, her arm in a sling from an injury she suffered in the shooting.
Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing. Those in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gonzalez, who both spoke of reducing crime in the area.