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Second suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes’ killing

A mourner approaches the casket of Jazmine Barnes during a viewing ceremony before the memorial services on Tuesday Jan. 8 2019 at the Community of Faith Church in Houston. Barnes was fatally shot Dec. 30 2019 while in a car with her family during Eric Black Jr. & Larry Woodruffe Charged With Capital Murder In Death Of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2019, 17:45

Based on a tip provided by King, the police apprehended Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe and charged them with the murder. Both men were taken into custody on Saturday after police received a tip from activist Shaun King, who said one of his "confidential informants" had identified the suspects.

Tuesday's arrest came as Jazmine's funeral was held - her family opted for an open coffin before the ceremony at a Houston church.

Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they had previously fought at a club when they fired at the vehicle with Jazmine and her family. Both suspects are black.

Woodruffe was initially booked into the Harris County Jail on a felony drug possession charge, but officials said Tuesday that homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against him.

The shooting was most likely a case of "mistaken identity", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday. Prosecutors identified Larry Woodruffe as the second suspect in a court hearing Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The case inflamed racial tensions after Jazmine's mother and multiple witnesses said they believed the man who killed young Jazmine was a white male. Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her arm.

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Black was pulled over days later for not using his turn signal, according to the affidavit. He gave officers permission to search for it and they found a 9mm pistol consistent with shell casings recovered from the scene.

Hailey Cantrell, niece of the falsely accused Robert Cantrell, told ABC News that she and her family are still receiving threats online - even after the arrests and confessions of two other suspects in the Houston, Texas murder case. The 7-year-old was fatally shot December 30 as she and her mother were headed to a local Walmart. But minutes later, Jazmine was pronounced dead.

The heartbreaking murder of Jazmine captured the attention of the country, including community activists and celebrities, as the search for her killer went on for a week.

"I believe - and having written hate crime legislation, knowing the criteria, I believe that this should be looked at as a hate crime", Jackson Lee said Friday. "I know she's smiling down, and God's going to get the glory out of everything".

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged his National Football League playoff game check to Jazmine's family.

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $81,900 from almost 3,000 donors.

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