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Deadly Teenage Shooting May Have Stemmed From Facebook

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Two teenage girls were shot, one fatally, Monday afternoon in Chicago, police said.

Around 4:30 p.m., a group of teenagers was standing on the sidewalk in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard when an “altercation” broke out, said police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney. During the altercation, someone in the group pulled out a gun and started shooting, striking the two girls.

14-year-old Endia Martin tried to run inside her cousin’s house for safety but was shot in the back. She was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital where she later died.

“I just saw a lot of kids run across the street and I heard like a couple of gunshots I stopped on brakes because I didn't want to get caught in the crossfire,” Roshien Eagle, a witness to the incident, said.

Another teen girl was shot in the arm and taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center in “stable” condition, authorities said.

Area Central detectives are investigating, but the step-father of victim Endia Martin says a dispute on Facebook may have led to the deadly shooting.

“My daughter was coming home from school and another child from a different school came over and they had words and she gunned our daughter down,” the victim’s step-father, Kent Kennedy.

Kennedy called her murder senseless.

“Whoever did this to my daughter please turn yourself in, just give it up and turn yourself in,” Martin’s mother Jonie Dukes Kennedy pleaded.

“We don't even know, we don't really know, only thing we know is there were some words exchanged on Facebook,” Kent explained.

Holding back tears, Endia's step-father said no parent should have to bury their child.

“Beautiful child, nice spirit…she was active in sports, she loved music, she loved to dance,” he described. “We transferred from one school to a school that was closer to our house thinking it would be safer.”

A 14-year-old girl was charged with first degree murder in the case. Her name has not been released.

Grief counselors will be available Tuesday at Tilden High School, where Martin was a student.

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