Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death

Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Multiple sources tell FOX 26 News that a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, along with a possible second suspect.

But acting on a tip received by a civil rights activist, the sheriff's department zeroed in instead on Eric Black Jr., a 20-year-old black man who admitted he was driving a dark-colored SUV from which a passenger opened fire, authorities said.

Black is being held without bond in the Harris County jail while Woodruff's bond is set at $100,000 pending further investigation. Houston-based rappers Paul Wall and Trae tha Truth asked the crowd to reach out to authorities if they have any information on the shooter. Individuals with revelatory information are thereby encouraged to dial 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000 if they have anything of soluble details that would better their investigative efforts.

Merritt, who had been working with Jazmine's family, said while there is no confirmation the shooting was racially motivated, "we do believe it was racially motivated in part because our nation at this moment is a highly racially charged society". Local media reports indicate that Woodruffe is believed to be the shooter. 'Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case'. On Thursday, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins tweeted that he would donate his check from Saturday's NFL Wild Card playoff game to help pay for Jazmine's funeral costs. Prosecutors said he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto.

It's been nearly a week since the 7-year-old was shot in the head by a passing motorist while riding in her mother's vehicle along with her three sisters.

No money can make up for the loss of a child, but National Football League star DeAndre Hopkins says he hopes the donation of his playoff game check to the family of Jazmine Barnes will show how much the community supports them.

Investigators believe two people were involved, Gonzalez said.

Washington and Jazmine's father, Chris Cevilla, said they remain hopeful that their daughter's killer will be found. She's concerned about her three daughters as they grieve the death of their sister, particularly the 13-year-old who she says hasn't shed a tear and is keeping her grief bottled inside.

Almost 2,500 people have donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family. A sketch had even been released. Authorities said the sketch depicted a white man in his 40s. The viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral service at 12 p.m.

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