Second man charged with capital murder of Jazmine Barnes, 7

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The Harris County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe has been charged with capital murder in the December 30 deadly shooting of Jazmine Barnes.

On Sunday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced that Eric Black Jr.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday.

Jazmine was killed riding in a vehicle with her mother and three sisters more than a week ago.

"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", authorities said.

As for Cantrell, police said he was mistaken for a suspect after multiple witnesses spotted his red pickup truck fleeing the scene of the crime.

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description of the shooter was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting. But before those arrests were made, the police and the family both believed the shooter was a white man in his 40s. Prosecutors identified Larry Woodruffe as the second suspect in a court hearing Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

During the funeral, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, read a poem one of her aunts had written from the point of view of the little girl. Jazmine was hit in the head and died. Woodruffe was previously being held on unrelated drug charges. A man pulled his vehicle up next to their auto at around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said.

Hailey Cantrell says that despite the arrests of two suspects in the case, there have been non-stop threatening comments on her social media page regarding her uncle Robert Cantrell. The duo - both men were both taken into custody on Saturday - were identified as suspects "based on a tip", officials said.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home. "But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody". Gonzalez said that the tipster had approached writer and activist Shaun King days earlier, and King passed the tip on to police.

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. O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged his National Football League playoff game check to Jazmine's family. Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs.

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