HOUSTON — Forensic artist Lois Gibson sketched every telling detail witnesses to Jazmine Barnes’ murder described Thursday afternoon.
“(The killer) was really pale,” Gibson said. “So, surprise. Maybe he’s been in prison because in this town you’re going to get a tan.”
After completing the sketch, Gibson saw Barnes’ mom and sisters almost moved to tears.
“They were speechless mostly,” Gibson said. “But the momma told me it’s perfect.”
More than 1,200 times her work led to arrests. Gibson, a rape and torture survivor connected with survivors and helped them relax.
“I gave them a chance to get back,” she said.
Investigators released new video of the shooter’s pickup truck four days after he opened fire on the car carrying Barnes’ family in east Harris County.
The gunman had a five o’clock shadow, wore a black hoodie and drove around three sides of the car before shooting, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
To chase down leads, authorities set up a command post near the shooting scene.
“I just want to be cautious and not startle folks into necessarily believing there’s a serial shooter out there,” Sheriff Gonzalez said. “But again I continue to say we are not tone deaf of the concerns of many in communities of color that they could be targeted.”
For Gibson, justice always feels one sketch away.
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