Persons of interest in Jazmine Barnes case being interviewed, deputies say

Erika Holt
January 6, 2019

Authorities say they're pursuing various leads they've received since releasing a composite sketch of the suspect.

The victim's family believes her death was racially motivated. "As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window".

Jazmine was fatally shot in Houston on December 30 after authorities said a suspect pulled alongside the vehicle the girl was riding in and opened fire. The shooting occurred moments after the family departed a Houston-area Walmart.

"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.

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Late Saturday (local time), the sheriff's office said on Twitter that the investigation had "taken a new direction".' The post did not elaborate, and the sheriff's office did not immediately respond to phone messages. The alleged shooter was earlier described as a white man in a red truck, but the sheriff's office did not immediately identify Black's race. "Because nobody knows the pain of losing a child, man", said LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother. This prayer meeting was to remember Jazmine Barnes, her family and how God will see everyone through this tragedy.

It comes as hundreds of people gathered at a rally on Saturday holding signs reading 'Justice for Jazmine'.

"We're not going to rest until we find justice for Jazmine", Gonzales said. Journalist Shaun King and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt are now offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Barnes' killer, and a GoFundMe page has also been established to cover expenses that the family takes on.

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