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The man believed to have shot and killed Texas 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in a drive-by shooting late last month was charged Tuesday with capital murder.

Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged Tuesday in connection with Barnes' death on December 30, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. He was arrested for marijuana possession and questioned by homicide investigators based on the tip, the affidavit says.

On Sunday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced that Eric Black Jr. Both men were taken into custody on Saturday after police received a tip from activist Shaun King, who said one of his "confidential informants" had identified the suspects.

Woodruffe and Black are not believed to have meant to target Jazmine Barnes and her family and may have thought they were shooting at someone else, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has said. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, 30, and one of Jazmine's sisters were injured in what appeared to be a random attack.

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. Both suspects remain jailed.

Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they had previously fought at a club when they fired at the auto with Jazmine and her family.

Tuesday's arrest came as Jazmine's funeral was held - her family opted for an open coffin before the ceremony at a Houston church. The girl's killing prompted an outpouring of support for her family from celebrities and ordinary people across the country.

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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her office will decide at a later date whether to pursue a death penalty or life sentence for the men if they are convicted.

The white casket of 7-year-old Barnes was carried into a church Tuesday, a tiara among the purple and white flowers that topped it.

Jazmine was killed riding in a auto with her mother and three sisters more than a week ago.

"I'm writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above, where there are no more tears, pain or sadness, just eternal love".

Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, was in the vehicle with Jazmine and her three sisters near a Houston-area Walmart store on 30 December when a red pick-up truck pulled alongside them and a man inside opened fire.

"I just want everyone to back off", she said.

They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs.


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