Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Second Suspect Charged in the Shooting Death of Jazmine Barnes

Second Suspect Charged in the Shooting Death of Jazmine Barnes

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is the suspected gunman in the drive-by shooting of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed December 30 while driving with her family to the grocery store.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that homicide investigators had filed a capital murder charge against Larry Woodruffe, who has been in custody for several days.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday.

Jazmine was in the family's auto with her mother and three siblings when she was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on December 30.

Jazmine's family had identified a white man driving a red truck as the shooter and police initially circulated a suspect sketch depicting a white man.

According to police, Black said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description of the shooter was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting.

When he was arrested last Saturday police found him with more than 28 grams of Xanax, court records show.

During the funeral, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, read a poem one of her aunts had written from the point of view of the little girl.

Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says. Jazmine, who would have turned 8 next month, was shot in the head and killed.


Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including for assault, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, Houston station KHOU reported. Her mother was shot in the arm.

He claims the second suspect Larry Woodruffe, 24, was the only other person in the vehicle, and was the one who shot from the passenger side.

The sheriff's office later received a tip from civil rights activist Shaun King that sent the case in a new direction.

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love".

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside a Walmart near where she was killed.

"I'm telling you, every time I see one of y'all reach out for me, I can hold my head up", her mother said.

Shaquille O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles are covering the costs of her funeral.

Houston Texans receiver star DeAndre Hopkins has also said he will donate his $29,000 playoff game check to help with funeral costs.

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $82,000 from almost 3,000 donors.

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