Shaun King: We Need To Find The Man Who Murdered Jazmine Barnes


Before I started this morning I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. I have some serious and heavy news to share with you already, but I want you to hear something loud and clear from this morning.

I truly believe 2019 is going to be a good year for us. It’s going to be the year where we organize ourselves better than we ever have in modern American history. Our organizing is going to begin paying off in powerful ways. And 2019 is going to set us up for world changing success personally and politically in 2020. Listen – I’m not saying that racism or bigotry are going to go out without a fight, never that, but this year we are going to be stronger than ever.

Secondly, I have to say that it is one of the biggest honors of my life to be a member of the Tom Joyner Morning Show team. I mean that. And I want to personally congratulate Tom, Sybil, and the entire TJMS crew on 25 amazing years of what I think is the most important radio show in Black history. I mean every word of that. 25 years ago I was a 14 year old boy, and this show was kicking ass and taking names then, not only giving our people an opportunity to dance, and laugh, but also to learn and be educated, every single day of the week for 25 straight years.

When I was Student Government President at Morehouse 20 years ago, this show was larger than life to me, and I never imagined I would get to be a part of it. So thank you, thank you, thank you, to our entire crew, and of course, to all of you, our listeners, who’ve been there with us every step of the way.

Listen, I have some heavy news this morning, but I also have some great news. I’m going to start with the horrible murder of 7 year old Jazmine Barnes in Houston, Texas this past weekend. As you may have already seen online, I am doing my very best to track down her killer, and have a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of this middle aged white man who pulled up in a red truck and intentionally shot Jazmine in the head, and also shot her mother, LaPorsha.

I have talked to Jazmine’s family throughout this week, including her father, who loved her more than life itself, and we won’t let up. All of Houston is searching for this man. If you have any tips at all, send them to me directly at We have actually gotten some good leads and tips, but they aren’t enough right now. Not all.

I’m going to keep you all posted every step of the way, but you know I don’t play on this. I won’t let up. On God I will find this man if it’s the last thing I ever do.

Before I go, I have several bits of truly great news that I have to share.

First, on Tuesday, our friend Wesley Bell was sworn in as the first ever Black man to be the District Attorney of St. Louis County, and it was a beautiful site after decades of having an open bigot at the helm. And already yesterday, less than 24 hours on the job, Wesley began firing corrupt prosecutors from his office, including some who oversaw the horrible murder case of Mike Brown in Ferguson, and had them escorted out of the office by police.

All over the country today, the District Attorneys that we fought all of 2018 to get elected are going to be sworn in, including my dear friend Rachael Rollins, who will be the first African American and the first woman EVER to be DA of Boston, and she’s going to hit the ground running on Day 1.

Lastly, something truly special is about to begin very shortly. And I know we had some painful political losses in 2018, but our victories were enormous.

Today, the United States Congress is not only going to swear in more women than it ever has in all of American History, but it’s going to swear in its most diverse class ever including some of the most badass women who’ve ever stepped foot in the nation’s capitol.

In just a few hours, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez will become the youngest congresswoman ever. My friends Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will become the first Muslim congresswomen ever. And we will see amazing women take power in seats and positions all over this country.

And I will close with this thought.

We helped make this possible. By we, I mean the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and our listening audience. We fought for this. We advocated for this. We campaigned for this, we knocked on doors, and donated for this, celebrate it. We helped bring in this change. And we’re just getting started!

I’ve gotta run, my family is on our final day of vacation and we’re flying back to New York later this morning. Tom, Sybil, and crew. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful crew. I love you all.


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24 thoughts on “Shaun King: We Need To Find The Man Who Murdered Jazmine Barnes

  1. TROY WITCHAFEELS on said:


    The arrest of a man in connection with the killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes came from a tip to writer and social activist Shaun King, which he passed to investigators, the sheriff says

  2. The suspects in Jazmine’s murder were black. The driver confessed to it. There was a white man at the scene, but he was almost certainly an innocent bystander. And I get it. Mistakes happen. It’s very easy in the chaos of a crime this horrid. But this wasn’t a racially motivated crime. This was a gang crime like so many other senseless murders. Shaun, if you have a shred of integrity, you will treat this just as you would if the murderer was a white racist, and you will make it clear that it was gang related, not race related.

  3. Mac Daddy on said:

    Shaun, how many times are you going to make a complete fool of yourself by taking black womem at their word? Your abject hatred of white people, of which you are one, clouds any rational objective thought. Call yourself a journalist? You’re pathetic

  4. americanize on said:

    Black America you have no friends,white folks don,t give a fu*k about a seven yr old black child getting killed were on our own were not protected,you better get armed and keep your eyes and ears open,this is what a race war looks like.

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      What reports? Road rage??? Bullshit, this was a fu*ckin hate crime perpetrated by a racist coward bitch targeting a car with Black females. This demonic, racist dog would never dare step to a Black man!

    • Truth Seeker on said:

      You should probably thank the ‘po-po’ for arresting the real killer(s), not the ‘white dude’ that you racebaiters were hoping for.

  5. Arlene Tanner on said:

    Thanks my friend for this important information, Bless you love y’all on Tom Joyner no #1 in my book,Happy New Year,,,,,

  6. Mac Daddy on said:

    Shaun, if you think for a damn minute that LaPorsha didn’t do something to incite this deadly confrontation, then you are more delirious than I gave you credit for. Black women are the worst stewards of life on this planet and they prove it every damm day.

  7. Since this Turd obviously has RACIAL issues–he is HUNTING BLACK FOLKS!!!!!
    He needs to be apprehended like yesterday.
    The longer he is on the loose-the more likelihood that he will SHOOT/KILL another person of Color.
    white folks in Amerykah are getting more HATEFUL by the minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      Which is hunting black folk? Who is responsible for 90% of the crime in the US? You need to shut you’re racist pie hole byotch

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