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Houston, TX: Police Seek Killer of 7-Year-Old African-American Girl

HeadlineJan 04, 2019

In Texas, a manhunt is underway for the killer of Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old African-American girl gunned down while in a car with her mother and three of her sisters. Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, was injured in Sunday’s drive-by shooting near a Houston-area Walmart store.

LaPorsha Washington: “I didn’t even see him. I didn’t see the truck. I didn’t see anything but shattered glass and bullets coming toward my car. … She did not deserve this at all. We was going to get coffee—coffee—and my baby lost her life.”

On Thursday, police released a sketch of the killer based on the eyewitness accounts of Jazmine’s mother and two of her older sisters. He’s described as a white man with blue eyes and a thin build in his thirties or forties. Police also released a video showing a red truck that was allegedly driven by the killer. The shooting has drawn international attention, with family members concerned it was a hate crime. The NFL star DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans said this week he’ll donate his $29,000 playoff bonus check to help pay for funeral costs and to bring Jazmine’s killer to justice.

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