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Jazmine Barnes Investigation: Suspect charged with capital murder

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against Eric Black Jr. for the Dec. 30 shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

Investigators identified Black as a suspect based on a tip.

Subsequent investigation revealed evidence that corroborated the tip, and Black was taken into custody in East Harris County without incident.

Black then admitted to taking part in the shooting. Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case.

Jazmine’s mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. when they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle.

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.

“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,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. “Our work is not finished, but I believe the people of Harris County can take comfort in knowing we have made great progress.”

Hundreds gathered Saturday in a Houston area Walmart to remember Jazmin. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at the rally that investigators were walking nonstop to bring the shooter to justice. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, asked for federal resources be tapped to aid in the manhunt.  Supporters across the country have donated over $100,000 to the family.

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