Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Black Lives Matter Activist Shaun King Implies Innocent Man Committed Murder

Black Lives Matter Activist Shaun King Implies Innocent Man Committed Murder

The Harris County Sheriff's Office say 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes. Based on a tip provided by King, the police apprehended Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe and charged them with the murder.

Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, opened the funeral by reading a letter - which she said was from her daughter in heaven - to the mourners who filled more than half of the 2,000-person sanctuary of Community of Faith Church in Houston.

For those who may have missed it, the seven-year-old was in a auto with her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and her three sisters near a Walmart outside of Houston when a now identified gunman opened fire - killing Jazmine instantly, and injuring LaPorsha and Jazmine's six-year-old sister.

The family had described the shooter as a white man driving a red pickup truck, prompting concerns by them and activists that her death was a hate crime.

As NPR reported, "Prosecutors say Black and an accomplice mistook the family's vehicle for that of someone they had gotten into an argument with the night before".

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 source reportedly later provided an Instagram account name linking police to "EB" AKA Eric Black Jr. directly for arrest.

Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe. A second suspect is also in police custody on drug charges, but is believed to be connected to the crime. As the service began, Jazmine's mother told her family, "Y'all ready?"

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

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The SCSI-CFDT police union said the funds should be seized to compensate the two officers injured in Saturday's attack. Officials were outraged the page had been set up, saying it was tantamount to legitimising anti-police violence.

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside the Walmart near where she was killed.

"Gonzalez acknowledged at a press conference Sunday that he received a tip from King in the middle of the week that Barnes's killer was not the white male initially suspected in the case", The Daily Caller reported.

Jazmine was killed when a bullet struck her in the head, investigators said.

"I'm telling you, every time I see one of y'all reach out for me, I can hold my head up", she said.

Texans star DeAndre Hopkins donated his $29K check from last Saturday's game to support her family.

Her funeral was paid for by retired National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal and veteran Houston police officer Kenneth Miles.

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence.

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