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Endia Martin, a 14-year-old girl lost her life after an argument over a boy turned into a fistfight and then escalated to murder when her opponent pulled out a gun and shot her.
According to police Supt. Garry McCarthy, “this was a fistfight turned to a murder with the introduction of a firearm.” He also said that homicide charges had been brought against the opponent, who is also 14 years old and, therefore, can’t be named.
Reports indicate that two other people have also been arrested. McCarthy said that said that one of them was the shooting suspect’s uncle.
He added that the girls started fighting over the boy on Facebook. Then, prosecutors said, the suspect went to a residence in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side at around 4:30 p.m., on Monday, to continue the fight.
During a hearing in juvenile court, chilling reports emerged of how the alleged shooter tried to fire the gun but couldn’t, and then asked someone to fix it for her, before trying, and succeeding, on the second attempt.
The statement read in court and later relayed by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, states that the suspect first pointed the gun at a group of people standing on a porch and pulled the trigger.
She then handed the gun to a person in the group to fix the fault, who handed it back after doing so. She then opened fire, hitting Endia in the back and another 16-year-old girl in the arm.
Endia was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where she succumbed to her wounds. The other victim was treated at St. Bernard’s Hospital and later released.
Police have said that the suspect had gotten the gun from her uncle, who had accompanied her to the fight. The gun, a .38 revolver, was reported stolen from its lawful owner on April 13th. An investigation is going on to figure out how the gun ended up with the uncle.