By: Paige Hubbard
Today seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes will be laid to rest after she was shot while making a coffee run with her mother and sisters. It was reported that a vehicle pulled up next to the family’s car and opened fire, killing Jazmine on the scene and injuring her mother.
Over the weekend NTV Houston attended the Justice for Jazmine Barnes rally where many community leaders, activist, and citizens gathered to find justice for a baby girl whose life was taken far too soon.
Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington gave a very emotional thank you to everyone who has supported her during this trying time.
“I appreciate everybody that’s out here, Y’all are doing your thing and I’m so happy to see all of these faces from all over and I thank y’all so much for doing this and coming together for my baby, we will represent her death we’re not going to mourn because she’s up there watching over all of us, making sure we’re all good, said Jazmine’s mother as tears rolled down her face.”
Just a day after the rally Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced that an arrest was made in connection to the shooting.
The entire nation was looking for a white man in a red pickup truck but after Sunday’s press conference, Sheriff Ed Gonzales informed the public that the case took a “new direction” and two suspects are now in custody. However, they did not match the description of the sketch that was provided.
20-year-old Erick Black Jr. was arrested Saturday afternoon for failing to use his signal when changing lanes. While in custody he admitted that he was driving the getaway car that was used in Jazmine’s death.
Black Jr. is, in fact, a Black male who told authorities that he had mistaken the identity of the car that Sunday morning thinking it was someone else. He now faces capital murder charges.
The arrest was possible after an anonymous tipster gave activist Shaun King a tip then King passed it along to Sheffif Ed Gonzalez.
Jazmine’s family shared with media outlets that they welcome the news of the arrest, even though the suspect’s race came as a surprise. Jazmine will be laid to rest today at Green House International Church.