Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder

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

Woodruffe, 24, is seen in a photo tweeted by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Texas on January 8, 2019.

Black, 20, reportedly admitted to his role in the murder to authorities, which is also consistent with the information from a source.

As NPR reported, "Prosecutors say Black and an accomplice mistook the family's vehicle for that of someone they had gotten into an argument with the night before".

Based on the descriptions from Jazmine's mother LaPorsha Washington and three sisters originally, the police sketch distributed to the media depicted a man believed to be white and in his 40's.

"It saddens me that she was robbed of her dreams and promise", said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Eric Black Jr., left, and Jazmine Barnes, right, are seen in photos distributed by CNN Wire.

The news of Woodruffe's charges came the same day as Jazmine's funeral, where hundreds turned out to The Community of Faith Church in North Houston to pay their respects.

A tip helped authorities identify Larry Demetricus Woodruffe, 24, and Eric Black Jr., 20, as suspects in the December 30 shooting.

Police arrested Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, on Saturday on a felony drug possession charge, but it wasn't until a few days later that prosecutors said they had enough evidence to charge him for the child's death.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country. Woodruffe was previously being held on unrelated drug charges. Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs.

There were flowers with pops of purple, Jazmine's favorite color.

"Gonzalez acknowledged at a press conference Sunday that he received a tip from King in the middle of the week that Barnes's killer was not the white male initially suspected in the case", The Daily Caller reported.

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.

Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm just outside of sight.

"She wanted to be a teacher, and I'm going to say to you that she's still teaching", Turner said.

They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs.

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