7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Murder Suspect Charged

7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes Murder Suspect Charged

The Harris County Sherriff's Office say 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. was charged early Sunday with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

It was revealed Sunday that a tip provided to activist Shaun King and Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez led to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

A tip from the public helped police identify Black, who is now in custody in East Harris County.

Officials say the 20 year old has admitted to taking part in the shooting; however, investigators believe there are more suspects at large.

The prosecutor added that the source, who communicated with the police via email, said Black and Larry W. did not know they had shot into the auto carrying the 7-year-old until they saw the story on the news later that day. She's concerned about her three daughters as they grieve the death of their sister, particularly the 13-year-old who she says hasn't shed a tear and is keeping her grief bottled inside.

It was not immediately known whether the other suspect has been arrested.

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The sheriff's office added that they were still examining evidence to determine whether any other suspects could be charged.

Currently, investigators do not think that the family was targeted intentionally, suggesting it was a possible case of "mistaken identity". The charges came a few hours after the sheriff's office announced that its investigation had "taken a new direction".

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Washington, along with multiple witnesses at the scene, described the shooter as a hooded white man in a red pickup truck.

Authorities in Harris County described the suspect's vehicle as a four-door pickup.

Both wrote on social media that police have arrested a black man as a second suspect in the case. Black is now being held at the Harris County Jail without bond and is expected to be in court Monday morning. The shooting occurred as the family was heading to a store.

Jazmine's family believes her death was racially motivated.

As they drove to a store for breakfast supplies, a man pulled up next to their auto around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said. People held up balloons and stuffed animals and signs that read "Justice for Jazmine".

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"I'm happy I can mourn my baby's death and just [be] ready to bury her on Tuesday", mom LaPorsha Washington told ABC 13 in Houston.

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