Family says race a factor in Charlotte girl’s shooting death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The family of a teenage girl who was fatally shot by a neighbor four months ago in Charlotte believes the shooting may have been racially motivated.
Jasmine Thar, 16, was shot and killed while visiting family in Chadbourn, N.C., during the Christmas holiday. The shooter, a neighbor of the family Thar was visiting, claims his high-powered rifle accidentally fired when he was taking it out of its case, according to WSOC-TV.
The bullet killed Jasmine and also wounded two of her relatives. The neighbor has not been charged.
WSOC reports the family is concerned the shooting may have been racially motivated after police found a Confederate flag and Nazi memorabilia in the shooter’s bedroom. They have turned to civil rights activist John Barnette in search of answers.
“We feel like something should be put in place whether it’s manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter — whatever charge this individual needs to get,” Barnette told the station.
WSOC reports the FBI’s Civil Rights Unit is now probing the incident. The agency reportedly sent a letter to Thar’s mother which stated Jasmine was “possibly the victim of a crime.”
“I’m glad we have this letter because this in so many ways gives us the right idea that we are on the right page,” Barnette said.
Barnette said he and Thar’s parents intend on meeting with the district attorney, the SBI, and Chadbourn police next week to see if charges will be filed.
“We don’t know if he was aiming or not, but we need to put enough pressure on the investigation to make sure we get some closure for this particular mother who has lost a daughter,” Barnette said.