Suspects Arrested in Murder of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes, But Questions About Media's Behavior Remain
There were important developments overnight in the murder earlier this week of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed last Sunday morning when someone opened fire on the car she was riding in with her mother and three sisters. Two men have been arrested in the case, and one has already been charged with capital murder.
Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm and her younger sister was wounded by shattering glass. Her two teenage sisters were unharmed.
From her hospital bed, Washington answered questions from reporters on Tuesday:
Jazmine's murder became a national and international story as the manhunt for the suspects continued.
Overnight, Larry Woodruffe (24) and Eric Black, Jr. (20) were arrested in the case, and Black charged with capital murder. Local media reports indicate that Woodruffe is believed to be the shooter.
Police believe that the killing was a case of mistaken identity, and that Jazmine's family had no prior contact with the suspects.
Many will be relieved at the announcement of the arrests of suspects. Prominent media and sports personalities spoke out for justice in her case, such as Grammy Award-winning singer Bruno Mars:
Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal promised to pay for Jazmine's funeral, and Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins said that he will donate the $29,000 check from his playoff game this weekend to the family.