Man arrested for death of 7-year-old

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Some community members initially believed that the shooting may have been racially motivated. The girl's mother, LaPorsha Washington, who was driving the vehicle and was shot in the arm, expressed confidence the killer would be found and gratitude for the outpouring of public help. "She liked to eat a lot", Alxis said of Jazmine.

The indictment follows Black confessing to allegedly gunning down the girl as she sat in the back seat of her family's auto with her three siblings on the morning of December 30th. But they added that they had not yet determined a motive, including whether race might have played a role.

"The perpetrator doesn't have to be white or politically motivated for the community to wrap their arms around this family".

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

"They were quiet, but strong", sketch artist Lois Gibson said of the sisters, who cried after seeing the drawing.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the police are very close to making an arrest.

Currently, investigators do not think that the family was targeted intentionally, suggesting it was a possible case of "mistaken identity". Black is African-American.


"The source said the suspects thought the complainant's vehicle was some other person's vehicle that they had seen earlier in the night and that they shot the auto by mistake", according to the complaint obtained by KPRC-TV.

Authorities have charged a 20-year-old black man in the death of 7-year-old black girl in what prosecutors are saying was a case of mistaken identity.

Jazmine's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country.

Black also was not driving a red pickup truck, as was previously thought by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Jazmine was fatally shot in Houston on December 30 after authorities said a suspect pulled alongside the vehicle the girl was riding in and opened fire.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, whose agency is leading the investigation into Jazmine's death, said he is "not tone deaf" to concerns Washington and her children were shot at due to their race.

KTRK-TV reported another man was the shooter and he was arrested.


Barnes's family's lawyer, S. Lee Merritt, announced in an Instagram post overnight that a second man, Larry Woodruffe, 24, has been identified as another suspect.

Police have said they are pursuing various leads after a composite sketch of the suspect was released on Thursday.

Police say Black "admitted to taking part in the shooting" after he was taken into custody.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday night that their homicide investigation had taken a "new direction", without providing specifics.

Authorities in Texas say "persons of interest" are being interviewed in the investigation into the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl.

Her mother LaPorsha Washington was also hurt in the atrocity which happened as they and Jazmine's three sisters were in the moving vehicle heading to a shop. The shooting occurred moments after the family departed a Houston-area Walmart.


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