050214 Endia Martin

Disputes beginning on Facebook and ending in violence are becoming a little too common these days.

This time, a 14-year-old Chicago girl is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her close friend and classmate, 14-year-old Endia Martin. The two girls had argued over a boy on Facebook.

“Where are the values that a 14-year-old would shoot another 14-year-old over a dispute on Facebook?” Mayor Emmanuel Rahm asked in response to a question about the shooting.

Prosecutors say Martin was walking with a group of people from Tilden Career Academy when the friend approached them and tried to shoot, but the gun jammed. She handed the gun to others with her, who cleared the malfunction and returned the gun to her. The suspect then opened fire with the .38 revolver, striking Martin in the back and a 16-year-old girl in the arm.

The suspect’s cousin doesn’t understand how she even got the gun.

“That’s where the question mark really come in, where she got a gun from,” he says.

Merely 10 blocks away from a vigil for Martin, four more people were shot. There, police charged a 17-year-old with illegally having a gun, using it, and then trying to get rid of it after the murder of Martin. A 24-year-old has also been charged. Authorities believe they may have been responsible for bringing the gun to the fight.

It doesn’t appear the two shootings are related.

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  • Tony

    Consequences. Not just teens, but adults as well do not think about how their actions will affect them and others. Plus, I learned from watching TV and movies that If I have a problem with another person I solve the problem by killing the person and then go out and have a good dinner.

  • binks

    This is just plain tragic and senseless, I have no words especially over the fact that the gun malfunction but instead of taking that as a cue not to do what she was doing, someone fixed it and gave it back to her…???? All of the people with the her should be charged as well! At 14 none of them should be arguing over a boy anyway. I just don’t know what is wrong with these kids, these times and the lack of cognitive reasoning, I swear it is like the blind leading the blind.

    • Stacy L.

      “the gun malfunction but instead of taking that as a cue not to do what
      she was doing, someone fixed it and gave it back to her…????”

      Omg, that’s what I said :(

  • Queen2Cent

    Uncle unjammed gun and handed it back. Fourteen year old had no family in court with her during sentencing. The girl has no father, her mother is probably 25-26, her grandma under 40, Uncle is probably 17. BABIES HAVING BABIES

  • LeLe

    A young life tragically ended so soon(r.i.p.)The culture of violence is too prevalent in the world kids live today. Also, the media is saturated with shameless celebs they idolize whom exhibit hostility. Many of the parents are so distracted themselves caught up on Facebook,social media,and gadgets to really sense what their kids are involved in. Schools need to propagate anti-bullying workshops and peer mediation as part of their standard curriculum in order to graduate.

  • Chichappenz

    This story is incredibly sad and indicative of a bigger problem where violence is used as the solution to problems. There is a culture of violence that is permeating the lives of these young people. The girl who did the shooting was given the gun by her uncle who is paralyzed from having been shot himself. The girl’s aunt was there and did nothing to stop the her. It’s as though no one thinks of the consequences of their actions. This whole thing was over a boy. The girl shot her friend over a boy and now she will go to jail and her friend is dead. In the end no one gets the guy.