Mourning people cry for an open chest of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes while the funeral is held in Houston
Tuesday is commemorating the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, just over a week after the second grader was shot in a drive-by shooting in Houston.
The body of Jazmine was worn in the Community of Faith Church in a white box decorated with purple flowers. On the side were the words: & # 39; Jazemine & # 39; Jazzy Fay & # 39; Barnes & # 39 ;.
The family chose an open box, despite reports that Jazmine had received a bullet.
In the coffin, pink hearts surrounded the words: & # 39; Prince Jazmine. & # 39; The youth wore a floral print skirt, pink blouse, pink cardigan and a headgear topped with jewels.
Watching began at 10 am, before a 12-hour service open to the public. The Sheldon Independent School District, where Jazmine was a second-degree teacher at Monahan Elementary, asked grieving people to wear purple in her memory.
Citizens including mayor Sylvester Turner, USA Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Constable Alan Rosen and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez are all planning to speak at the monument, along with faith leaders Pastor Eddie Deckard, of the Green Houston Church, and Bishop EL Usher, of Greater Grace Outreach Church.
An open-chest view took place Tuesday morning prior to the public commemoration. Jazmine wore a floral print skirt, a pink blouse, a pink cardigan and a headgear topped with jewels
Three women stole a man, overwhelmed by emotion and looking out at Jazmine's coffin
Tuesday is commemorating the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, just over a week after the second grader was shot in a drive-by shooting in Houston. A white chest with the body of Jazmine is seen as worn in the Community of Faith Church
Jazmine was shot in the head when she was sitting on the back seat of her mother's car on December 30th
The retired NBA legend Shaquille O & # 39; Neal and Houston's agent Kenneth Miles have allegedly worked together to cover the costs of Jazmine's funeral, according to KPRC2.
Houston Texans star DeAndre Hopkins donated his $ 29,000 check of Saturday's wild card game to support her family.
& # 39; When I see the face of Jazmine Barnes, I see my own daughter & # 39 ;, wrote Hopkins on Twitter last week. I promise this week to carry out my playoff check to help her family with funeral expenses and to support @shaunking @ Sheriffe_HCSO @ SylvesterTurner in bringing this man to justice. On Saturday I will play in your honor, Jazmine. & # 39;
The retired NBA legend Shaquille O & # 39; Neal (left) reportedly gave the Jazmine family a check to cover the costs of her funeral. Texan star DeAndre Hopkins (right) promised to donate the $ 29,000 he earned in Saturday's wild card game to her family
Jazmine was shot dead early in the morning of December 30 when she was sitting in the backseat of her mother's car during a trip to fetch coffee with her three sisters, two teenagers and a six-year-old.
The family was stopped at a red light near a Walmart when shots broke the car windows and hit Jazmine in his head. She died on the spot.
The mother of Jazmine, LaPorsha Washington, and her younger sister were both injured in shooting, which the police "did not provoke at all & # 39; called.
The death of the little girl aroused national outrage as leading activists such as Shaun King and celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde gathered for her killer.
The Sheriff's Office of the Harris County arrested the 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. on Saturday. He is being held to assassinations without bail.
Prosecutors say Black confessed that he controlled the car from which Jazmine was shot and that a gun in his house corresponded with eight shell shells found on the spot.
Eric Black Jr., 20, was arrested Saturday and accused of murder in the death of Jazmine. He is shown during a court case on Monday
The police say that Black (left) controls the car from which the bullets were shot. Another man, Larry Woodruffe, 24, (right) was the second suspect who was arrested in connection with the shooting
During the court case on Monday, prosecutors said that the murder of Black had ended and that another man confused the car she was confused with someone she had with whom they had fought in a nightclub.
Black told researchers that he and his alleged accomplice, who have not yet been formally identified, did not know this was the wrong vehicle.
Only the next day they saw the news and saw that a little girl was shot and killed to realize that they had opened the fire in the wrong car, public prosecutors say.
A man named Larry Woodruffe, 24, was taken into custody for drug-related charges. From Tuesday afternoon, he has not been formally charged with the death of Barnes.