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US girl, 14, guns down rival in Facebook dispute over boy

Police stand outside a residence in Chicago after 14-year-old girl was fatally shot and another girl wounded in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. (AP) Police stand outside a residence in Chicago after 14-year-old girl was fatally shot and another girl wounded in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. (AP)
Press Trust of India | Chicago | Posted: April 30, 2014 6:30 pm

In a horrific incident in the US, a 14-year-old girl shot and killed another girl of the same age in broad daylight to settle a Facebook feud over a boy.

The Facebook dispute between the two girls over the boy ended when one gunned down the other on a Southside Chicago porch, police said.

Endia Martin was fatally shot in the after-school confrontation outside her home in the Back of the Yards neighbourhood, the Chicago Tribune reported.

An honours student charged in Endia’s murder appeared in juvenile court On Tuesday.

“Bout to beat some a–” the girl tweeted about two hours before the fatal confrontation on Monday.

Police also charged a second person, a 17-year-old boy, with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and other charges for allegedly trying to discard the murder weapon, a 38-caliber handgun.

Endia was with friends on the front porch when the suspect and her group approached, Cook County prosecutors said.

The suspect took out the gun and pulled the trigger, but the gun “malfunctioned”, said Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Kain.

The girl handed the gun to others in her group who quickly fixed it. The girl raised the gun again and opened fire, killing Endia and striking a 16-year-old girl in the upper left arm who was later released from a hospital.

Several witnesses identified the suspect as the shooter, Kain said, and she gave a videotaped confession.

After Kain called the suspect “a danger to the public and herself,” Juvenile Court Judge Stuart Paul Katz ordered her held in custody.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy hinted that a 24-year-old uncle of the suspect’s also was being questioned for giving the gun to the girl, knowing “there was going to be a fight”, he said.

McCarthy said the gun used to kill Endia had been stolen from a car on April 14.

“What would have been, under any other circumstance, probably a fistfight between 14-year-old girls because they were fighting over a boy turned into a murder,” McCarthy said.

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