“We need the help,” Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off the Block, a youth-development organization on the city’s South Side, told The Root recently about National Action Network leader Al Sharpton’s decision last year to move to the city to help address violence. “We need the help. Our young people are still killing each other. Gun violence is a big issue. Families are still hurting, and it is directly linked to the economy, jobs and education.”
Potentially, Endia’s death runs counter to McCarthy’s protestation that the homicide rate doesn’t rise and fall with the weather. It has long been argued that simmering gang feuds are put on ice during the winter and are reignited when the weather warms up, but McCarthy argues that the crime problem is about gun laws, which need strengthening.
Endia’s life, police say, ended on a sidewalk in a dispute over a boy, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune is not naming that boy or the 14-year-old murder suspect because both are juveniles.
The incident began Monday when an uncle, who was paralyzed after being shot in 2010, rode a bus to deliver a loaded revolver to his niece just hours before the fatal confrontation, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.
The suspect’s uncle, Donnell Flora, 25, reportedly knew that she planned to use the .38-caliber revolver to accost her onetime friend over a social media feud about a boy, prosecutors said. Flora was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in court Wednesday. He was ordered held on $3 million bail after admitting that he provided his niece with the weapon, the Tribune reports.
Flora was the third person charged in connection with Endia’s killing. Earlier, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on weapons and other charges for allegedly trying to hide the gun after the shooting, the Tribune says.
The 14-year-old alleged shooter, a student at Hope College Prep High School, was arrested near the scene. The honor roll student played on the freshman-sophomore basketball team and was a student leader, according to her lawyer, the Tribune says.
But her social media accounts indicated a different personality.
“Bout to beat some a–,” the girl tweeted about two hours before the fatal confrontation. She also posted on Facebook a photo of herself sticking out her tongue and holding up her middle finger. The photo was captioned: “I Don’t Chase ’Em I RePlace ’Em.”
In a brief interview Wednesday at her home, the suspect’s mother said her daughter and Endia graduated from elementary school together last year and often communicated on Facebook.