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Hundreds to out to rally for 7-year-old Jazmine

January 5, 2019

At leat 200 people turned out Saturday for a rally to Jazmine Barnes, the 7-year-old killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting that some fear was racially motivated outside a north Houston Walmart.

Authorities spent the week hunting for a man — described by surviving family members as a white man with blue eyes — driving a red pickup truck. Barnes’ mother, LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm during the incident early Sunday and her two other daughters were injured by flying glass.

“This is a beautiful response to a horrific tragedy,” activist Deric Muhammed said. “We have to find out who killed this baby. We have to find out for all the little other Jazmines who are out there as well.”

Muhammed advised those in attendance to be careful about using the composite sketch to rush an aprehension of the wrong person, while the killer goes free.

Jazmine’s great-aunt Elizabeth Cevilla-Perez said she is amazed by the outpouring of support by the community and the hundreds that have begun to gather the Walmart parking lot Saturday.

“They don’t even know her and here they are supporting us,” she said. “I’m so proud to be a Houstonian right now.”

Kisshima Williams and Pastor D.L. Douglas, both wearing “Justice for Jazmine” shirts turned out to support Jazmine and her family. Their son Avonte was shot last year.

“It’s time for gun violence to stop. Something needs to be done,” Williams said.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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