Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Persons of interest' questioned in death of Jazmine Barnes

'Persons of interest' questioned in death of Jazmine Barnes

Washington was hit by gunfire in her arm.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, whose agency is leading the investigation into Jazmine's death, said he is "not tone deaf" to concerns Washington and her children were shot at due to their race.

Investigators say have not yet determined a motive, including whether race might have played a role. Journalist Shaun King and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt are now offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Barnes' killer, and a GoFundMe page has also been established to cover expenses that the family takes on. HCSO said that a man in a red pickup truck fired gunshots toward the vehicle that Jazmine was in with her mother and three sisters.

A Justice for Jazmine rally is scheduled to take place on Saturday in the parking lot of the Walmart. Her funeral is set for Tuesday.

"Do not be afraid to call this what it seems to be, a hate crime", she said.

During the event, people held up balloons, as well as signs saying: "Justice for Jazmine".

Police tweeted: 'The Jazmine Barnes Homicide investigation has taken a new direction. Nearby was a Walmart and strip malls with restaurants, banks, a Starbucks and other businesses.

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Authorities said a man in a red or maroon pickup drove up next to them around 7 a.m. and opened fire for no apparent reason. Authorities say the girl was killed when the suspect fired into a vehicle she was riding in.

She said that she feels optimistic about the ongoing manhunt because there were so many people gathered and so many people involved in the effort.

"This is no longer a Houston case", Lee said.

"We didn't do anything wrong to this man", Washington said.

Washington described Jazmine, whose nickname was "Jaz", as a lovable person who enjoyed music, dressing up and trying to sit on her mother's lap while driving.

Jazmine's father, Christopher Cevilla, said his daughter was a loving and caring girl who was 'very smart in school'.

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