Second Man Charged With Capital Murder In Jazmine Barnes' Death

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Larry Woodruffe was charged with capital murder on Tuesday in the December 30 slaying of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said that Jazmine's death will not divide the community, calling the girl a teacher. The suspect was apprehended after an anonymous tip passed along by journalist and activist Shaun King implicated two men identified as "LW" and "EB" in the shooting.

The sheriff's office corroborated the tip and took Black and Woodruffe into custody on Saturday.

Community leaders commended investigators for working with activists to track down the suspected killers, but said the discovery that the shooting wasn't racially motivated didn't make Barnes' killing any less tragic.

"There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Thousands of people packed into a Houston church to pay their final respects to 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they'd previously fought at a club when they fired at the vehicle with Jazmine and her family.

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Police arrested Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, on Saturday on a felony drug possession charge, but it wasn't until a few days later that prosecutors said they had enough evidence to charge him for the child's death.

Black was pulled over for not using his turn signal and was initially arrested for marijuana possession, according to details released in an affidavit in a Harris County court this morning. He's basically claiming his interest in the case had nothing to do with the early speculation that the shooter was white.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home.

Prosecutors said he confessed to driving the auto from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home matched the eight shell casings found at the scene. They were fired upon and Barnes was fatally hit; her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington, was injured. But minutes later, Jazmine was pronounced dead.

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

"I just want everyone to like, back off", she told the station.

The white casket of 7-year-old Barnes was carried into a church Tuesday, a tiara among the purple and white flowers that topped it. "I can get up in the morning". Yesterday, Cantrell's family spoke to ABC 13 News in Houston and asked people to back off.

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