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Community Rally And Funeral Announced For 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

The reward for the arrest of her killer has also been increased to $100,000.

This photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows an image taken from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver, according to authorities, fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in the Houston area. (Courtesy of Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A community rally and public funeral service have been scheduled for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes who was killed Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mom and sisters.

The community rally will be held Saturday, January 5 at noon in the Walmart parking lot at 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway, not far from where the shooting occurred. A funeral service and balloon release will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at noon at the Green House International Church.

Barnes was killed while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters in the eastern outskirts of Houston. A person in a red, four-door pick-up truck pulled alongside the car and fired into it. Barnes was killed on scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said they are receiving tips and information from possible eyewitness and that they hope to release a composite sketch of the shooter this week.

While the Sheriff said that initially the shooting seems to be random, local activists have alleged it was racially motivated and that the family was targeted because they’re African American.

The reward for a tip that would lead to an arrest of the killer has also been increased to $100,000. The reward is being offered by Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas, and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King.

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