A horrific crime holds the US city of Houston in breath: A family is driving early Sunday morning in the car from a Walmart Parking lot. In the car, the mother LaPorsha Washington sit, 30 years old, and their four daughters. Suddenly, a red Pickup Truck appears alongside you and the driver suddenly opens up the fire. The side window on the driver’s side shatters, told the mother later, the US broadcaster CNN. She had thrown over her oldest daughter, who is in the passenger seat. The red Pickup passes by, finally, to you, in front of the family car and fires. A bullet hits the seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes on the back seat, fatally in the head. The mother suffers a Armschuss, the six-year-old sister is hurt by the zersplitternde glass.

The shock of the fact vast. The President of the police officers Union, the city tweeted: “Help us to find that Monster before he murdered another innocent child.“ Civil rights activists have exposed a reward of $ 100,000. At the same time, numerous donations from all over the country were received for the family to Finance Jazmine a dignified funeral. For the Saturday one is a citizen of the announced rally. “We need to find the malicious coward who murdered the seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes. (…) He does everything,“ writes the activist Shaun King on Twitter.

Many believe in a racist motive

believe The mother and civil rights activists, that the crime was racially motivated. Because the perpetrators, according to a statement by the oldest daughter, was able to take a quick look at the driver, a White man with a Beard and 40 years old. The mother said in tears in the hospital, a TV station: “I’ve done something wrong to provoke this man, to shoot at my car? (…) I’ve done nothing. He shot for no reason on us.“ The police, however, assumed that the perpetrator picked his victims randomly.

What is of concern to the activists, the Similarity with another case. In 2017, a white man shot in the Closer of the current crime scene is also out of the car on the then 21-year-old A’vonta Williams and his grandmother. The unsub was in a Ford Pickup on the road. The victims were lucky: Williams was hit in both legs, his grandmother took a bullet in the hip.

investigators hope to have phantom image

the police received in the case of Jazmine Barnes numerous references. Sheriff Ed Gonzales confessed, however, that they are not yet sufficient, the “violent, to identify the heinous Killer“. Much promise, the investigators of a phantom image, because of the testimony of two of the sisters on Thursday. In addition there is video material, to see where the red Pickup is. The image is blurred quite a bit.

Sources: “BBCNews”, “CNN World,” “Houston Chronicle”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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