Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

‘Princess’ Jazmine Barnes laid to rest in Houston

‘Princess’ Jazmine Barnes laid to rest in Houston

The family of a man whose face was plastered across social media as a possible suspect in the tragic killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes says enough is enough.

Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged with capital murder on Tuesday in Harris County District Court, after Eric Black Jr., 20, was charged with the same crime over the weekend.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, attended by thousands of people at the Community of Faith Church in Houston. Woodruffe was believed to be the shooter while Eric Black, Jr., 20, drove the vehicle from which the fatal bullets were fired.

Woodruffe, 24, has been charged with capital murder after the little girl was gunned down in her mother's auto in Houston, Texas as they drove to a grocery store.

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Authorities said Woodruffe, who was riding in a vehicle driven by Black, opened fire on December 30 and killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was in another auto with her family.

Washington initially described the shooter as a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a red pickup truck, but both Woodruffe and Black are African-American.

Authorities previously said that they believe Woodruffe was the person in an SUV who fired on Jazmine and her family as they drove to a store.

"Rest in peace, sweet Jazmine, for justice has been done", Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at the funeral, according to KHOU 11.

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Hailey Cantrell told Houston's ABC 13 that despite the arrests of two suspects in the case, as early as Monday, her Facebook account has been flooded with hateful and threatening comments regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell.

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. Hailey Cantrell said she knows her uncle is no saint but insists he is not a racist and would never kill a child. Lee Merritt, an attorney hired by the Barnes' family, said the family is relieved that the real killers are in custody.

But it turned out the family was mistaken; the white man they saw at the scene of the crime was a bystander who fled because he didn't want to be shot as well. The girl's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm and the girl's 15-year-old sister was injured when the window shattered.

"Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.

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Jazmine was killed when a bullet struck her in the head, investigators said.

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