Family of man wrongfully accused in Jazmine Barnes' shooting speaks out

Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston shows Larry D. Woodruffe. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the 24-year-old Woodruffe was charged Tuesday Jan. 8 2019 with capital murder in the Dec. 30 slaying of 7-y

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe has been charged with capital murder in the December 30 deadly shooting of Jazmine Barnes.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said it will decide later whether to pursue the death penalty against either Black or Woodruffe.

Jazmine was remembered during her more than two-hour funeral at The Community of Faith church in Houston for a sweet spirit, her smile and as a person who always wanted to give hugs and help others.

Black, 20, reportedly admitted to his role in the murder to authorities, which is also consistent with the information from a source.

Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they'd previously fought at a club when they fired at the auto with Jazmine and her family. Family members described the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup, and police released a composite sketch of a white suspect based on their description.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday that a white male who one of Jazmine's sisters saw at the scene was likely a bystander and potential witness to the attack.

Eric Black Jr., left, and Jazmine Barnes, right, are seen in photos distributed by CNN Wire.

Family and friends gathered Tuesday for the funeral of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, where faith and community leaders called for unity and change.

Both Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe were arrested on Saturday as the result of a tip-off, Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators said they believe the gunman believed he was targeting someone else when he started shooting. Attorneys for Woodruffe and Black could not be reached for comment. Her other two teen siblings escaped from the vehicle uninjured.

Houston Texans player Deandre Hopkins dedicated his playoff check to help Jazmine's family with the funeral costs and to support the search for her killer.

Jail records indicate Woodruffe, who also is African-American, is in custody on drug possession charges.

Purple was Jazmine's favorite color.

Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing.

"I just want everyone to back off", she said, while acknowledging her uncle's actual crimes.

They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs.

Police later corroborated King's tip through their investigation. Those in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gonzalez, who both spoke of reducing crime in the area.



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