In spite of the violence going on in and around the City of Chicago. Our children are living with so much hate for themselves and each other. Another one of our youth lost their life to violence and no doubt over a boy and a post on Facebook.
CHICAGO (CBS) – A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in the shooting death of a Tilden High School freshman who was killed Monday afternoon on her way home from school.
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, to face one count of first-degree murder.
Endia Martin, a freshman at Tilden Career Community Academy High School, was standing with a group of teenagers in the 900 block of West Garfield Avenue – around the corner from her house – when she and another teenage girl were shot around 4:30 p.m. McCarthy said the shooting stemmed from a fight over a boy.
“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,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said
McCarthy said the suspect’s 24-year-old uncle and a 17-year-old boy also were in custody. Sources said the uncle was being questioned about the gun used in the shooting.
The superintendent said, had someone not provided the suspect with a gun, the argument would have been no more than a fistfight.
“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.
McCarthy said the gun used in the shooting was a .38-caliber revolver reported stolen by its legal owner two weeks before the shooting. The gun had been stored in the owner’s car, something McCarthy said police officers are not allowed to do with their guns, but that the state’s concealed carry law allows civilians to do if they have a concealed carry permit.
Martin’s classmates at Tilden said it would be difficult to be in school without her.
“She was small, but very energetic. It’s just crazy how she had to leave like that,” senior Brittani Williams said. “I’m tired of losing my friends.”
Grief counselors were on hand at Tilden on Tuesday to speak to students about the shooting.
Rev. Renaldo Kyles, director of faith-based initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools, said it’s important for children to learn how to talk out their differences, and not settle arguments with violence.
“It’s senseless. Children have to realize that they have talk their situations out, and not bully … and just have peace circles, do more positive things and try to control the senseless violence,” he said. “Because, unfortunately, a life is taken by some things that have happened on social media.
Social Media has become the tool of terror lately, it is not used for its original intent. It has been made to be a vessel for spewing hate, bullying, fighting, airing dirty laundry and a consortium of other things. I am not going to place the blame on the creators of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other popular media but I will place blame on those who have not learned the art of self-control. All personal training begins at home and unfortunately all homes are not raised the same and that’s fine however children who feel like they are “entitled” have an obscure sense of reality. This could be the reason why they feel like they can say and do whatever they want and don’t think that there will be any consequences.
Furthermore, when did it become acceptable to fight over another individual? Unfortunately women have been fighting over men for far too long and it is the most irresponsible act a woman can subject herself to. Men seen to think it’s fine to have two women engaging in barbaric behavior for their “love interest”. A man who is one worthy of the heart and affection of a woman is not one who will “gawk” at the fact of unladylike and barbaric actions. So the question of the hour is where is the love and how do we get it back? It would be interesting to see how situations like what we have been experiencing lately could have been prevented.
Now what we have a life lost, another destroyed because she is going to jail & two possible others lives hanging in the balance for their involvement but most importantly is the families that are going to be living with this tragic situation and are going to be forever connected. That’s what has to be addressed is the longterm effects to violence, everyone involved directly or indirectly are going to be connected for life.
I wonder how the boy who this was all about feels. Let’s just pray he is not your average boy sticking his chest out because of the attention.
EarHustle411 will keep everyone involved in our humble prayers, our children need our guidance and they need to have their minds reconditioned from this sick, graphic entertainment driven society. We NEED resolutions and unfortunately stronger consequences for cases like this and sadly this will not be the last one.
Source: CBS News Chicago