Cops: Chicago girl, 14, guns down rival over boy

Endia Martin
CBS Chicago

CHICAGO - A 14-year-old Chicago girl has been charged as a juvenile in the shooting death of another 14-year-old girl who was killed Monday afternoon on her way home from school, reports CBS Chicago.

According to the Cook County State's Attorney's office, the suspect -- whose name was not released because of her age -- was due in juvenile court on Tuesday. She faces one count of first-degree murder.

Endia Martin, a freshman at Tilden Career Community Academy High School in Chicago, was standing with a group of teenagers around the corner from her house Monday when she and another teenage girl were shot around 4:30 p.m. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the shooting stemmed from a fight over a boy, according to the station.


"I'm very frustrated. I'm sickened. Three 14-year-old lives were changed forever yesterday by the introduction of a gun into a fistfight, and the circumstances of that gun getting into that 14-year-old's hands are being investigated right now," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said the suspect's 27-year-old uncle and a 17-year-old boy were also taken into custody. Sources said the uncle was being questioned about the gun used in the shooting, reports the station.

"They were fighting over a boy. How long have girls argued over boys and boys argued over girls? But you introduce a firearm into it, we've now got a murder," McCarthy said.

Kent Kennedy, Martin's stepfather, said Endia was coming home from school when a student from a different school approached her.

"They had words, and she gunned our daughter down, in the back -- for what?" Kennedy said. "For what reason?"

Martin's family has said the fight started with an exchange of insults on Facebook, but McCarthy said it was unclear if the argument that led to the shooting started on social media, or elsewhere.

After she was shot, Martin was taken to Comer Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Another girl was shot in the arm, and taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, reports the station.

McCarthy said the gun used in the shooting was a .38-caliber revolver reported stolen from its legal owner two weeks before the shooting, according to the station.