On Sunday morning just hours before the New Year, one Houston family awoke with the same promise and hope that we all have for the coming year. With a loving mom and sweet young children, they were excited to see what 2019 would have in store for them as they ventured out to run an errand in Northeast Harris County.
But, as reported by ABC 13, those dreams were quickly shattered…
LaPorsha Washington, mother of Jazmine Barnes, is revealing new details about the alleged attack that killed her daughter on Sunday morning.
Jazmine, 7, and her mother were shot as they were going to Joe V’s to get coffee Sunday morning. Washington’s three other daughters were in the car with them. They had just passed Walmart when a car pulled up.
Washington told ABC13 about her daughter’s final moments.
“As I turned around and looked back at the street, I heard shots start firing and they came through my window, broke my glass, and hit me in my arm. They sped off in front of us and the truck slowed down and continued to fire as he was in front of us. It was not fair. It was not fair. He intentionally killed my child for no reason. He didn’t even know her, he didn’t know who she was.”
After the shooting was over, one of her other daughters made the devastating discovery.
“She said, ‘Momma, Jazmine’s not moving. She’s not talking.’ I turned around and my 7-year-old was shot in the head.”
The horrific event occurred in the Wallisville area, near the East Sam Houston Parkway… almost the same location as a similar incident from 2017. Though the cases have not been specifically connected as of yet, the murder of young Jazmine Barnes and the 2017 event both appear to display the elements of an act of domestic terrorism. As of this writing, the killer has yet to be found and many in the Houston area and across the nation are in hot pursuit to find them… suspected to be a white male with a beard in their 40s. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is working on the case, and asking the community for any potential leads they may have.
Domestic Terrorism has been on the rise in the United States over the past few years, with much of these vile acts connected to the growing network of White Supremacist groups. At the same time that such activity has been rising, American resources and policies to prevent and combat incidents of domestic terrorism have been lessened, or cancelled out, especially under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other officials in the Trump Administration.
Texas Leftist will update as facts on this case become clear, and be sure to tune in to future episodes of the Ingressive Voices Podcast, as we definitely plan to explore this issue.