Capital Murder charge filed in Jazmine Barnes case, deputies say

Shaquille O’Neal pays for funeral of 7-year-old killed by drive-by shooter	 	 	 			Shaquille O’Neal in 2007

Authorities in Texas have filed charges against a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl. A pickup drove alongside their vehicle and shots were fired into Washington's auto, hitting her in the arm and fatally striking Jazmine.

Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.

"I didn't see anything but shattered glass and bullets coming toward my auto", the girl's mother, LaPorsha Washington, told the Associated Press earlier this week.

When Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released the composite sketch on Thursday, he noted that the suspect was described as having pale skin, blue eyes, and a thin build.

Deric Muhammad, a community activist who helped organise Saturday's rally, told the crowd that everyone there had a role to play "in finding justice for this baby".

Investigators believe the attack on Jazmine's family could have been the 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", he said.

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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.

"I'm so happy to see all these faces from all over, and I thank you so much for doing this and coming together for my baby", Washington said with tears streaming down her face.

Many speakers addressed Jazmine's killer directly on Saturday, calling him a coward and pleading with him to turn himself in.

"I've got a lovely angel up there watching over me", she said.

On Tuesday, January 8, a viewing is planned for Jazmine at 10 a.m., followed by a public funeral at noon to be held at Green House International Church at 200 W. Greens Rd. Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has said he'll donate his playoff game check to the family. Her funeral is at noon.

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

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