Houston Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Jazmine Barnes Killing

Geraldine Edwards
January 7, 2019

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a separate news conference that the investigation into the shooting is focused on collecting evidence and developing leads.

3, 2019, sketch provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Houston, Texas, shows an artist's rendition of the suspect in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston.

No one except the gunman knows why he shot into the vehicle driven by Jazmine's mother around 7 a.m. Sunday in eastern Harris County.

Jazmine Barnes was in the back seat of her family's auto with her three siblings and mother when the driver of a red pickup truck pulled alongside the vehicle and fired inside, killing her on Sunday December 30. The Harris County Sheriff's Office provided a description of a white, bearded male in his 40s to the public. "It was like that", she told ABC13.

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Activists planned to hold a community rally on Saturday to knock on doors and pass out the sketch of the suspect in the area where the shooting took place.

Community activist Deric Muhammad said during recent a press conference that Jazmine's shooting raises concerns that black people in Houston are being targeted.

She said Jazmine was her "love child", who would hug and kiss everyone, even strangers. Help Police to searching the unidentified Gunman. Afterward, mourners will release purple balloons in her memory.

On Wednesday, Houston civil rights activists and religious leaders raised the specter that the random attack on Jazmine and her family was a hate crime and noted its similarities with an unsolved shooting in 2017 that left an African-American man seriously wounded.

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Hopkins also said that he would dedicate his game on Saturday, when the Texans will play the Indianapolis Colts, to Jazmine. "They were simply just driving along the service road when this happen to them".

Gonzalez said his office was "not ruling anything out", but that it would be "irresponsible" to claim race was a factor in the attack "without fully knowing that is the linkage". And I can give you the money without anyone knowing it was you. She liked the color purple and dressing up in her mother's clothes. She said she would miss her "beautiful smile". Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called for justice.

"Help us find this monster before he murders another innocent child", tweeted Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union.

Jazmine's father, Christopher Cevilla, added, "Justice will prevail and I'm leading the charge".

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