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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.

  • A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • The mother of Jazmine Barnes, LaPorsha Washington, speaks at the 7-year-old's funeral in January of 2019. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin/Houston Public Media)
    The mother of Jazmine Barnes, LaPorsha Washington, speaks at the 7-year-old's funeral in January of 2019. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin/Houston Public Media)
  • Jazmine's biological father, Christopher Cevilla (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    Jazmine's biological father, Christopher Cevilla (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • Bishop James Dixon (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    Bishop James Dixon (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
  • A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)
    A memorial service for Jazmine Barnes was held at Houston's The Community of Faith church on January 8, 2019. Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30, 2018. Larry Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. have been charged for the murder in Harris County. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin)

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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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