Family of man wrongfully accused in Jazmine Barnes' shooting speaks out

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

Woodruffe was initially booked into the Harris County Jail on a felony drug possession charge, but officials said Tuesday that homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against him. On its side were the words, "Jazmine "Jazzy Fay" Barnes", the nickname for the girl who loved hugs, playing "classroom" and singing louder than the radio.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description of the shooter was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting. The Sheldon Independent School District -- where Jazmine was a student at Monahan Elementary - has urged attendees to wear purple, in Jazmine's memory.

Hailey Cantrell told Houston's ABC 13 that despite the arrests of two suspects in the case, as early as Monday, her Facebook account has been flooded with hateful and threatening comments regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell.

Barnes' mother, LaPorsha Washington, and three teenagers who were riding in the auto at the time were also injured in the shooting.

Both men charged are black but a photofit of a suspect released last week showed a white male believed to be in his 30s or 40s. He is being held without bail.

Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says.

An anonymous tipster told police Black and a second person, identified as "L.W." shot at the vehicle after mistaking it for another one.

Washington thanked everyone who came to honor her daughter, whose birthday is next month, she said.

The sheriff declined to name the second person, citing the investigation.

Then in 2015 he was caught with drugs and a day after a judge ordered a community supervision a woman living with Woodruffe reported he had choked her. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

"When Jazmine Barnes was killed I pledged to find who killed her. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem. But the sheriff's office later received a tip from civil rights activist Shaun King that sent the case in a new direction. "I can get up in the morning".

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence. Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has said he'll donate his playoff game check to the family.

National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal also has donated to help cover funeral costs.

Reports say O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to Jazmine's family last week, but he isn't the only superstar offering a hand.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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