Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death

Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death

Authorities in Texas have arrested a man accused of involvement in the death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was shot while riding in a vehicle with her family.

Eric Black Jr, 20, has admitted involvement in the shooting and been charged with murder, Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Eric Black is black, but police say other suspects could be involved.

King accused a Texas state trooper on May 20, 2018 by name of sexually assaulting a black woman while she was in jail.

Authorities have yet to identify or find the man suspected of killing Jazmine, whose death her family and community activists believe was racially motivated.

Pictured are screen grabs of retweets from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

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"I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine", he said.

A second suspect is also believed to be in custody in connection to the shooting that left Jasmine dead and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, wounded, KTRK ABC13 reported.

Law enforcement sources told KSAT's sister station in Houston, KPRC, they had a person in custody Saturday, almost a week after Barnes was shot to death while riding in a vehicle with her sisters and mother.

The tragedy of Jazmine's death has made a nationwide impact.

DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the NFL's Houston Texans, pledged his check from the Texans' playoff game on Saturday to help Jazmine's family cover funeral expenses.

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Barnes, her three sisters and their mother LaPorsha Washington, were in a auto driving down the East Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, on December 30 when another vehicle pulled up alongside them. "Because when we looked at the cameras they saw the red pickup truck and the gentleman in it and it was a white guy".

Before Black's arrest, police released a sketch of the suspect, which included descriptions from Jazmine's mother and three sisters.

Barnes was riding in a auto with her mother and three sisters Sunday morning around 7 a.m. when a man in a red or maroon pickup truck drove up next to their vehicle and opened fire. Another suspect, 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe, was also taken into custody, tweeted an ABC13 reporter. "We now believe that the red truck probably enter the freeway and continued on another direction", says Sheriff Gonzalez.

The sheriff's office filed charges of Capital Murder with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Jazmine's death has prompted an outpouring of support for her family from across the country, including celebrities and sports stars. Her funeral is set for Tuesday.

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Jazmine was traveling with her mother and other siblings at the time of the shooting. They scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference.

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