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A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in the Houston area last month, and the police were pursuing at least one other suspect, the authorities said on Sunday.

The authorities identified the man, Eric Black Jr., and said he admitted to taking part in the shooting, which happened on Dec. 30.

At a court hearing for Mr. Black early on Sunday, a prosecutor said the authorities had gotten a tip about Mr. Black and another man, identified by the initials L.W. On Instagram, a lawyer for Jazmine’s family, Lee Merritt, named the second suspect as Larry Woodruffe, 24. A man with that name was booked into the Harris County jail on Sunday on a drug possession charge.

The arrests came after a weeklong search in a case that, on its face, offered few clues: Officials were pursuing reports of a white man in a red pickup truck who pulled up alongside Jazmine and her family while they were driving to get coffee and then opened fire into their car.

Shaun King reported on Thursday, that a witness initially came forward to identify that Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe was responsible for the death of Jazmine Barnes.

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Jazmine, her mother, and her siblings were innocent victims of this shooting. For them, it was truly an awful random act of violence.

Activists and celebrities have joined the cause by donating money to the young girl’s family for both a reward for the capture of her killer and to cover funeral costs. Local activists suspect the shooting was racially motivated and that young Jazmine, along with her mother and sisters, were targeted because they were Black.

We’ll keep you posted on any updates and our prayers continue to be with Jazmine’s family!


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