14-year-old girl charged with murder of peer over alleged Facebook dispute
A 14-year-old girl was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Endia Martin, 14 on Chicago’s south side.
Two others may face charges, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The 14-year-old girl was charged as a juvenile on Tuesday after police said they questioned a person of interest overnight. Chicago police said two men, ages 17 and 24, are also in custody. Police said the young men may have brought a gun to a fight between the girls, and the 24-year-old is believed to be the uncle of the suspect.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the weapon was recovered at the scene and police are investigating how it got into the hands of the suspect. “What would have been, under any other circumstances, a fist fight between girls arguing over a boy, turned into a murder,” McCarthy said.
The weapon involved in the shooting was reported missing by a legal gun owner on April 13, after it was stolen out of a vehicle. On Monday, Martin was walking home from Tilden Career Academy when she was shot in the back around 4:30 p.m. Another 16-year-old girl was shot in the arm. The offender ran away but was captured shortly after.
Martin died at Comer Children’s Hospital, and the 16-year-old is expected to make a full recovery. Family members said a dispute between the two girls that started on Facebook over a boy was the reason for the shooting.
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