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Two suspects in custody for 7-year-old’s murder after police receive helpful tip

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (Texasbreaking.com)- After a search for the suspects responsible for the December 30th shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, Eric Black Jr., 20, was taken into custody by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on January 5, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in a recent press release.

It was said that after receiving a tip, Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office were able to identify Black as a suspect. Upon revealing evidence that supported this tip, he was taken into custody without incident. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office wrote that homicide investigators filed a capital murder charge against Black.

Black was pulled over on Saturday for a traffic violation and officers discovered marijuana in his vehicle, wrote ABC News.

Authorities said that after Black was taken into custody for his traffic violation and the possession of marijuana, he allegedly admitted to homicide detective that he was driving a rental car from where the shots were fired and had the 9mm pistol at home. The shell casings at the scene reportedly matched the 9mm.

ABC News added, in the hearing at Black’s first appearance before the judge, it was said that an anonymous informant emailed the sheriff’s office last week giving the initials of two people that were involved in the shooting. The initials given were “EB” and “LW”.

Lee Merritt, the Barnes family’s lawyer, took to Instagram saying, “I can also confirm a 2nd suspect as Larry Woodruffe, 24. He is believed to be the shooter.”

 “At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine’s family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity,” stated the press release.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, “I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine. Our work is not finished, but I believe the people of Harris County can take comfort in knowing we have made great progress.”

LaPorsha Washington, Barnes’ mother, told KTRK-TV on Sunday, “I’m happy I can mourn my baby’s death and just [be] ready to bury her on Tuesday.”

According to ABC News, Eric Black Jr. is being held in jail without bail.

This investigation is still ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000.

Meanwhile, Jazmine’s family plans to attend her funeral on Tuesday, followed by a balloon release in her honor.

The family would like to use the money they received from the outpour of support from people across the nation to establish the Jazmine Barnes Foundation. The foundation will provide future school teachers with scholarships. Jazmine was an aspiring teacher, Merritt told ABC News.

A video press release about the incident from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez can be seen below.

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