Jazmine Barnes Murder: Man Charged With Killing of 7 Year Old Houston Girl

A 20-year old man has been charged with the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes from Houston, Texas, who was shot in the head last month while travelling in a car with her family.

Harris County Sheriff's Office say they identified the suspect, Eric Black Jr. after receiving a tip. The 20-year-old has now admitted to "taking part" in the shooting incident and has been taken into custody, according to a statement.

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The sheriff's office added that they were still examining evidence to determine whether any other suspects could be charged.

The arrest of a black suspect appears to contradict the family's previous account of the murder, in which they described the shooter as a white man, leading some to suggest that the attack was racially motivated.

Barnes, her three sisters and their mother LaPorsha Washington, were in a car driving down the East Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, on December 30 when another vehicle pulled up alongside them. A man opened fire on the family's car from the window, killing the 7-year-old.

"I have no tint on my windows or anything so you can see there is a mother—a black mother—with daughters, beautiful children," Barnes's mother LaPorsha Washington, told CNN after the shooting. "You took my baby from me and you have no care in the world."

Currently, investigators do not think that the family was targeted intentionally, suggesting it was a possible case 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," Harris County 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."

News of Barnes's murder sparked outrage across the country and on Saturday, around 1,000 people turned out for a rally in Houston calling for those responsible to be brought to justice, The Houston Chronicle reported.

"This is a beautiful response to a horrific tragedy," activist Deric Muhammad told the Chronicle, as some onlookers stood on top of their cars in the Walmart parking lot. "We have to find out who killed this baby. We have to find out for all the little other Jazmine who are out there that could be in danger as well."

Harris County are urging anyone with additional information on the incident to contact Houston Crime Stoppers on 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000.

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On Saturday, hundreds attended a rally in Houston calling for those responsible for Jazmine Barnes's death to be brought to justice. Ed Gonzalez/Twitter
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