Hundreds Attend Funeral For 7-Year-Old Killed In Houston Area Drive-By Shooting

The same day, a second suspect was charged with capital murder.


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Several hundred people gathered at The Community of Faith Church in North Houston for Jazmine Barnes' funeral on Tuesday.

Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, expressed appreciation for the turnout.

"I didn't think it was going to be this big," she said under tears. "But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody."

Also in attendance were several elected officials. Among them Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who were all invited to speak.

Turner took the opportunity to proclaim Jazmine Barnes Day in Houston.

"Because of her life, I just want to believe that all of us will be better," he said, "that all of us will work harder, all of us will strive to make this world a safer place for our children."

After the two-and-a-half hour service, which included music from a gospel choir, attendants released purple balloons into the sky. Purple was Jazmine's favorite color.

As the funeral was happening, a second suspect, Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged in the Dec. 30 drive-by shooting.

Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr., 20, are in the Harris County jail charged with capital murder.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is the News 88.7 business reporter and also covers criminal justice, guns and shootings.Florian's stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of...

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