Texas eight year old shot and killed

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Texas eight year old shot and killed




Jessica Maguire, Staff Reporter

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On December 30th, 2018, 7 year old Jazmine Barnes was shot and killed in a drive by shooting in Texas.

Barnes was described by her father, Christopher Cevilla, as a “loving, caring, very passionate with people, very sweet, just an innocent young girl, very smart in school.”

While leaving Walmart in the Houston area, LaPorsha Washington, Barnes’s mother, noticed a red pick up truck pull up next to them and began firing at the car once the light turned green.

Washington was shot in the arm while Barnes’s six year old sister was injured from shattered glass and Barnes was killed immediately. Barnes’s older sisters were also in the car but were not injured.

Harris County sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, said that “It’s our belief that it was totally unprovoked” and that “There was nothing to indicate that the family did anything wrong in any way.”

The suspect that has been described as a bearded white man in his forties by Barnes’s fifteen year old sister. However, it has been found that the description of the man and the car were not correct.

Harris County Sheriff Department arrested 20 year old Eric Black, Jr. and 24 year old Larry Woodruffe.

Both were found connected to Barnes’s murder through other charges. Black Jr. was arrested through a traffic violation while Woodruffe was arrested for drug charges.

They were both, however, charged with capital murder for killing Barnes.

The family has been receiving an enormous support. A GoFundMe page was set up for the family and is up to $82,000 with around 3,000 donors.

Former NBA player, Shaquille O’Neal, and Houston police officer, Kenneth Miles, donated money towards her funeral. As well, Houston Texans receiver, De Andre Hopkins, said that he is going to give Barnes’s family his playoff check.

The family is extremely grateful for all the community donations. At the funeral, Cevilla said that now she is “all of our daughters, everybody.”

The funeral took place January 8, 2019 with a church filled with half the 2000 capacity. Barnes’s casket was decorated with purple and white flowers with a tiara on top and Princess Jazmine inside with hearts.

Washington referred to Barnes’s funeral saying, “This is a celebration.”

Barnes would have turned eight this month.

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