7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified

Minnie Murray
January 1, 2019

Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston. He intentionally killed my child for no reason.

Authorities say it's not known why the man opened fire. The girls mother, LaPorsha Washington, 33, was also shot.

Heartbreaking news surfaced as reports of a 7-year-old girl being shot to death in a Walmart parking lot surfaced.

Authorities are asking Houston-area residents to review video surveillance for any images of a pickup whose driver they say fired into a vehicle carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child's mother.

Another girl aged about ten was non-seriously injured by flying glass.

Jazmine Barnes, her mother and three siblings were driving near the store in northeastern Harris County close to 7 a.m. on Sunday when a man pulled next to them in a red or maroon four-door pickup truck and fired several shots, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.


A mother, daughter and three others were leaving when a male began firing into their auto, according to the sheriff's office.

"Please keep this family in your prayers". Investigators describe him as a white male in his 40s with a beard and driving a red pickup truck.

Investigators say they have an image from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver fired several shots into a vehicle carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child's mother.

The gunman's motive remains unknown.

Razo says the other girls inside the vehicle are "shaken" and "devastated". And according to ABC13, officials are trying to determine if the attack was random or targeted.

The Sheldon Independent School District identified the girl as a second-grader at the nearby Monahan Elementary School. We will locate you.

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