Family and friends celebrate the life of Jazmine Barnes

HOUSTON, TX (CNN) - Thousands of people gathered at a Houston church to say their final goodbyes to Jazmine Barnes.

Barnes is the seven-year-old girl who was shot and killed while riding in her family’s car near a Houston area Walmart on December 30th.

Mourners were encouraged to wear the color purple, Jazmine’s favorite color.

Some of the speakers during today's services included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Constable Alan Rosen and other Houston and Harris County leaders.
Jazmine’s mother says she loved to sing louder than the radio and wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal heard about the story and decided to help the family with funeral expenses.

Twenty-year-old Eric Black Jr. has been charged with capital murder and 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe is in jail on an unrelated charge but is believed to be the shooter.