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Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

07 January 2019

Jazmine Barnes is shown in a photo tweeted by the Harris County Sheriff's Office on December 31, 2018, the day she was fatally shot.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said authorities have identified the second suspect, who is also black, but would not say whether the person was in custody.

Police say they do not think Barnes' family was the intended target of the shooting, calling the death a possible "result of mistaken identity".

During Sunday's hearing, prosecutors said Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, had tried to drive to a hospital after the shooting, but one of her front tires had been shot out. The district asked parents to tell their children about Jazmine's death. It was not immediately known whether the suspected shooter has been arrested.

People attend a community rally for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston, Jan. 5, 2019.

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

"I have no tint on my windows or anything so you can see there is a mother-a black mother-with daughters, lovely children", Barnes's mother LaPorsha Washington, told CNN after the shooting.

Of note, at the time of the 7.30am shooting, the killer was initially described as being a middle-aged white man by the family.

Merritt, who had been working with Jazmine's family, said while there is no confirmation the shooting was racially motivated, "we do believe it was racially motivated in part because our nation at this moment is a highly racially charged society".

Community activists said the attack is similar to a 2017 incident in the area in which a suspect described as white shot into a vehicle carrying at least two black people.

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They hope that sketch will lead to the killer's arrest.

"Say her name", the crowd chanted.

"I'm telling you, every time I see one of y'all reach out for me, I can hold my head up", she said. "I can get up in the morning". Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged to donate his $29,000 paycheck from Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to help pay for Jazmine's funeral.

Black has been charged with capital murder. "As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window".

The Harris County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday night that the investigation had "taken a new direction". The viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the funeral service at 12 p.m.

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Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes