14-year-old Chicago resident Endia Martin was tragically gunned down in the South Side of the city on Monday. According to police, Martin was shot over a dispute about a boy that started on Facebook.
Martin was walking home from school on Monday when the girl she was in a disagreement with approached her. Martin’s assailant pulled out a .38 revolver and attempted to shoot Martin on the spot, but the gun jammed. One of the girl’s friends fixed the gun and handed it back to her, and she proceeded to shoot Martin in the back. The girl also shot Martin’s 16-year-old friend in the arm.
Martin was rushed to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the back. The 14-year-old girl who shot Martin appeared in juvenile court this week on first-degree murder charges.
Martin’s stepfather, retired Marine Kent Kennedy, spoke on his step-daughter’s death recently.
“They had words and she gunned our daughter down,” Kennedy said. “For what? What reason would another girl gun down another child? No place in Chicago is safe for teenagers nowadays. No child needs to be gunned down like a dog in the street. Nobody, period.”
Gun shots were reportedly heard outside of Martin’s school on Tuesday as classmates held a moment of silence in her honor -- a sad occurrence that exemplifies the violence problems that plague the city. Chicago had 415 homicides in 2013.