2nd suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes’ killing


A second suspect, 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe, was also charged in connection to the deadly shooting. He was initially charged with felony drug possession pending further investigation.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, attended by thousands of people at the Community of Faith Church in Houston. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, 30, and one of Jazmine's sisters were injured in what appeared to be a random attack.

Though initial reports, civil rights leaders, and racial activists framed the murder as a racially-motivated hate crime, the suspect, like young Jazmine, is black.

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, according to authorities.

Other speakers included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, whose office is investigating the shooting and who told the crowd, "I look forward to the day where I can truly say rest in peace to Jazmine". But before those arrests were made, the police and the family both believed the shooter was a white man in his 40s.

Authorities said that they believe Woodruffe was the person in an SUV who fired upon Jazmine and her family, killing the girl and injuring her mom.

Jazmine was struck in the head by a bullet and died at the scene. The duo - both men were both taken into custody on Saturday - were identified as suspects "based on a tip", officials said.

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Prosecutors said he confessed to driving the vehicle from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home matched the eight shell casings found at the scene. As the service began, Jazmine's mother told her family, "Y'all ready?"

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

Hailey Cantrell says that despite the arrests of two suspects in the case, there have been non-stop threatening comments on her social media page regarding her uncle Robert Cantrell.

"I just want everyone to back off", she said.

"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.

Houston Texans receiver star DeAndre Hopkins has also said he will donate his $29,000 playoff game check to help with funeral costs. O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral.

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