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Chicago: The Endia Martin Murder Case

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Endia Martin, murdered at 14

Good Lord, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. The crime itself is asinine and abhorrent, but the background stories show that an utterly feral culture lives amongst us.

This is a really sick tale. And what makes it sicker is that it’s probably as common as muck. I have to wonder if the streets of Chicago have become a gladiatorial arena for the entertainment of the natives. Natives who in this case, gave a child the thumbs down and stood around to watch her die.

Endia Martin was a 14 Chicago girl. I gather that she got into some kind of argument on Facebook with her best girlfriend, over - you guessed it - some boy. That other 14 year old girl (an honor student, naturally) decided she was gonna throw down on that bitch, so she positioned herself to catch Endia when she got off her school bus. But instead of duking it out, the 2nd girl’s plan was murder. Malice aforethought: she called up her 24 year old uncle and said she needed a gun. So he brought her one on the bus, meeting her at the scene before the fight began. Somehow a crowd gathered. Endia got off the bus, a fight ensued, and at some point (either when she was face down on the ground, or running away) Endia’s friend took the gun and shot her in the head. Except that the gun misfired. Hey, no worries, someone in a crowd - a 17 year old man I think - quickly repaired the revolver and handed it back to her. And while the crowd watched, she shot Endia in the head and killed her. But hey, it was only from a couple feet away, so she missed, and managed to wing somebody else too. Or perhaps it was a case of over penetration, and we’re talking two victims with one bullet. But I digress. Once the murder was done, that 17 year old man took the gun and tried to dispose of it. A completely illegal firearm of course. And the most disgusting part of the tale, is that this deliberate assassination occurred in front of at least 20 witnesses, and nobody did a thing to stop it. Not even when the gun misfired and needed a time-out to be repaired. No; instead of stopping it, they recorded the entire event on their cellphone cameras.

OF COURSE the press wants to play Blame It On The Gun, and the cops cry for more gun control (Chicago already being gun free, according to the law) ,but that’s garbage and you know it. This crime comes in two parts: the perpetrator and her enablers, and the barbaric environment that accepts, supports, and even demands this kind of insane behavior.

I’m not even sure where to begin ...

Martin’s family says she and the alleged shooter were close friends who were fighting over a boy in a dispute that originally started on Facebook. They attended the same school.

“She used to do all her work. She seemed like a nice person,” classmate Michael Baker said [Drew: Baker is talking about the alleged shooter, not the victim]. “I never thought she would do something like that.”

“She wasn’t a bad kid, I mean, everybody gets suspended. She wasn’t bad,” classmate Kimberly Taylor said. “When I heard that, I was sad for her. It hurts my heart to see her life is away. She throw her life away.”

Oh gosh, it’s so sad, this poor little thing WHO TOOK A GUN AND BLEW ANOTHER CHILD’S HEAD OFF, she has my sympathy, she’ll get juvie for 4 years now. Concern or sympathy for the murdered girl: ZERO.

The alleged shooter’s mother, who the Chicago Sun-Times is not identifying because her daughter has been charged as a juvenile, told the Sun-Times that her daughter “feels bad too.” The girl disputed the official account of Martin’s death and told her mother after the shooting: “It did not happen like that.”

“She was very hurt,” the mother said of her daughter. “Her and the little girl used to be friends.”

But the mother claimed Endia, also 14, and her friends “jumped on” her daughter last year, and the feud picked up again recently on Facebook. She even said her daughter’s life was threatened, and that someone told her daughter they would “lay her where her daddy’s at.”

The woman said her daughter’s father died when she was 9 months old. “She’s hurt about the whole situation,” the woman said.

Finally, the woman said she didn’t know about her daughter’s juvenile court hearing Tuesday afternoon, where the teenage girl faced charges that included first-degree murder and attempted murder without any family in the courtroom. The judge said at the hearing the girl’s mother “obviously” knew about it.

“We’ve never been through anything like this before,” she said.

Meanwhile, the girl’s uncle was ordered held on $3 million bail Wednesday. Cook County prosecutors said the paralyzed, wheelchair-bound man took the bus to hand her the fully loaded weapon knowing there would be a fight.

Before the 14-year-old suspect went to confront two girls about an ongoing dispute she had with them about a boy, she asked Donnell Flora for a gun, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Flora, 25, agreed with his niece’s request and got on a bus with the .38-caliber revolver Monday afternoon, Santini said.

Once at the 900 block of Garfield Boulevard, Flora gave the girl the gun before the shooting, Santini said.

Right ... the old Turn It Around story: my baby is the victim here, that horrible monster was out to get her, she was in fear for her life.
Hey, who wants to bet against my guess that uncle Don became wheelchair bound because of being shot himself? Any takers? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

A 14-year-old Chicago girl accused of killing another girl in a dispute over a boy tried unsuccessfully to fire a gun before someone fixed it for her and handed it back to her so she could open fire, prosecutors said Tuesday.

That detail emerged during a hearing in juvenile court on the latest incident of violence grabbing headlines in Chicago. The alleged shooter appeared at the hearing on a first-degree murder charge in Monday’s slaying of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters earlier in the day that the girls were fighting over a boy. According to prosecutors, the suspect went to a residence in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city’s South Side around 4:30 Monday afternoon to continue a fight that began on Facebook.

So at the very least, we have Miss Shooter, her adult uncle Donnell, and some street gunsmith at the scene, on her side, and entirely supportive of her desire to commit premeditated murder. So far. The arena is filling up quickly; hurry hurry the main event is about to begin!

And so the deed was done. But don’t worry if you missed being there, at least one person recorded the whole thing. Didn’t do a damn thing to stop it. Didn’t call 911. Didn’t get an adult to intervene - WTH, there were several adults already there! - just stood around and watched. And recorded. And perhaps the Chicago Police are grateful for that, now that the child is dead and they begin to arrest everyone in sight on the video. Because everyone at the scene told them lies. “Don’t be a snitch” is another aspect of this feral mob. Cry out for justice, cry out for help, cry out for your “gibbs”, but when help and justice arrive, lie your ass off, hide the evidence, and stonewall all the live long day.

And then the cascade of arrests began ... sort of ...

A second person is now charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Chicago girl and Tuesday night, just blocks away from a vigil to remember Endia Martin four more people were shot.

A 17-year-old was charged with illegally having a gun, using it and then trying to get rid of it after the murder of Endia Martin.

The murder of Endia Martin, 14, was recorded via cell phone video, prosecutors said on the same day a third suspect was charged in her shooting death.

“This entire incident was captured on a cell phone video, taken by one of the witnesses to the incident,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Santini said. Martin was shot to death Monday afternoon on her way home from school. Three people have been charged, including a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man. A vigil is set to be held Wednesday evening near the scene of the crime.

The 25-year-old man, Donnell Flora, appeared at the Cook County Courthouse Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge and a further charge of aggravated battery with a firearm. Prosecutors said he supplied the murder weapon to his 14-year-old niece after taking the bus to the scene, and that he had foreknowledge of the crime.

“Upon arriving at the location,” said Santini, “the defendant provided the loaded gun to the 14-year-old co-offender, knowing she was going to become involved in a fight.”

And then the lies began. Gun? What gun? Oh, that gun? Hey, that gun was stolen years ago when somebody broke into my car.  And the police and the press bleated out their usual sound bytes, because now it was time to Blame The Gun and Blame The Law ...

Chicago police superintendent: Killing of girl, 14, shows need for stricter gun laws
The killing of a 14-year-old girl, allegedly by another teen in a fight over a boy, shows that Illinois needs stricter gun laws, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday. McCarthy told reporters that Endia Martin was shot with a .38-caliber handgun stolen from a car. He urged a change in the law to require gun owners to store weapons securely, saying that a firearm was brought to what would otherwise have been a “fistfight.”

“There was a legal gun that became an illegal gun,” he said, saying state law should be changed to require guns to be kept more securely. “In this case, the simple fact that the law states that you can store a firearm in a vehicle is absolutely insane,” McCarthy said. “Those guns need to be in lock boxes, in safes, in people’s residences or on their person.”

But then it turned out that this wasn’t entirely true. Oh sure, the gun had been reported stolen, but it wasn’t. It had been sold, under the table, at least once. Well, at least the press could dogpile on that story.

Endia Martin murder weapon illegally sold, falsely reported stolen, police say
Two more people have been charged in connection with the shooting death of Endia Martin. Police announced felony charges against Robert James, 34, for unlawful delivery of a weapon and filing a false police report. Police have also charged Vandetta Redwood, 32, who is an aunt of the alleged 14-year-old shooter, with mob action and obstruction of justice.

Police said James is the legal owner of the weapon used to kill Endia Martin, and that he sold it to another individual in November of 2013. It is not clear who took possession of the weapon, but on April 15, 2014, James reported the gun had been stolen from his mother’s car.
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“So on day one we believed that gun was stolen, because it was reported stolen,” Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy said Thursday. “But what do we find out? We find out that the legal gun owner illegally transferred that gun to another person. That’s how that gun ended up on the street.”

Police said the investigation also shows Vandetta Redwood was at the scene in the 900 block of West Garfield at the time of the fight between the 14-year-old victim and the 14-year-old girl charged in the shooting. Prosecutors say that cell phone video in their possession shows the actual shooting, and includes Redwood standing next to the 14-year-old shooter, along with a crowd of about 20, some of whom carried bottles and pipes.

Redwood faces felony charges for mob action and obstruction of justice, in part because she denied being at the scene even though the video places her there. Her attorney, Mark Almanza, called her charges “guilt by proximity.”

“There were numerous other individuals there,” said Almanza, “and essentially they’re saying my client should be charged for standing near where a crime happened.”

So auntie is right there on the video, but she’s still lying to the po-po with a straight face. And the 20 - TWENTY OTHER PEOPLE - standing around? Carrying bottles and pipes? What does that mean? Does that mean that what actually went down was a neighborhood riot, with dozens of fighters armed with bottles and pipes? Or that dozens were there ready to fight in case a riot broke out? That they were there IN SUPPORT OF A PREMEDITATED MURDER? Or was it party time in the hood, everyone kicking back, enjoying some CPT, chillaxin’ with a 40 and a few rocks and some bud to smoke? And the fight was just entertainment?

And yeah, Auntie, you get arrested. Because it’s your niece who pulled the trigger. Several times. And you’re the adult; a family member who should have stopped this from happening. Instead, it turns out you’re part of the enablers, and part of the aftermath smokescreen. So ... busted.

A total of five people have been charged in connection with the shooting. A 17-year-old boy and the 14-year-old suspect’s 25-year-old uncle, Donnell Flora, were also charged this week. Flora allegedly gave the gun to his niece, according to police.

[a day later] A sixth man has been charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

Floyd Evans is accused of illegally obtaining the gun used in the Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

It began with a legal purchase, according to a lawyer for Robert James, the Hyde Park man whose .38 special revolver was at the center of events leading to Endia’s tragic death.
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James’ mother apparently did not want the gun in her home, so in November 2013 James allegedly sold the firearm to a former Atlanta man on the South Side. The exchange was done illegally, according to police and Cook County prosecutors, because James didn’t determine whether the buyer had a valid firearm owner’s identification card as required by law.

The man police identify as the buyer, 43-year-old Floyd Evans, was charged Thursday in Chicago with possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card, Chicago police said Thursday night. He is also wanted on a warrant in a separate case.

Prosecutors said that after James learned the man no longer had the gun, he falsely reported that it had been stolen from his mother’s car.
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Less clear is how and when the gun made its next move from Evans to Donnell Flora, 25, the uncle of the girl charged with Endia’s slaying. But police and prosecutors charged that Flora, who was paralyzed after he was shot in 2010, knew his niece was going to confront Endia when he took the bus to the Back of the Yards neighborhood to deliver the loaded gun.

Ha, toldja so. Pfft; that was, like, a guarantee.

So what really did happen? Mabye we should just go and look at the video ...

The 14-year-old suspect and Endia, friends since elementary school, had been feuding over a boy, authorities said. According to her lawyer, the suspect had never been arrested before. She was on the honor roll at Hope College Prep High School, was a student leader and played on the freshman-sophomore basketball team. Endia’s parents had moved her to Tilden Career Community Academy to keep her closer to home.

The dispute between the girls worsened after they taunted each other on Facebook, where the suspect’s mother said the two often communicated. They agreed to meet after school Monday. Prosecutors said the confrontation drew close to 20 people — at least some of them armed with a lock on a chain, a metal pipe and a bottle — to the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

Among the crowd was Vandetta Redwood, 32, the aunt of the alleged shooter.

Ah ha. Now we see a bit of light, finally. The fight was planned. From both sides. And the word was out, so a bunch of wannabes piled on, hoping to “help” which really means hoping to escalate the situation. The crowd filling the seats in the arena.

Police gave this account of what happened: The 14-year-old pulled the handgun from her waistband. She pointed it at one woman, who pushed it away. A 16-year-old then swung the lock on a chain at the shooter but missed her. The younger girl then tried to fire the gun, but it malfunctioned. She handed it to another person, who fixed it and handed it back to the 14-year-old. She fired again, hitting the 16-year-old in the arm and Endia in the back as she fled. Prosecutors said the confrontation was caught on a cellphone video.

So the 16 year old, up until now who appeared to be a mere bystander suffering collateral damage, in fact used her weapon to either try to stop the shooting (which is what her lawyer will say, naturally) or stepped in to fight on Endia’s side. And got shot for it.

And then I suppose that Miss Shooter, amped up on the power rush of shooting one girl in sort-of self defense, pulled the trigger again on her best friend who was trying to get away from their altercation. Or was this also an accident, because, shit and damnation, the piss poor writing does not tell us specifically if the same shot that winged the chain swinger just happened to brain her pal by chance. It’s implied, but “she fired again” can mean she fired several times, not just once. But maybe it was an accident after all.

And we should really be looking at Chain Control for Chicago. Because without that chain, maybe none of this would have ever happened.

Yeah right. Feral culture. Period.

And in the week or less since this has happened, another 4 are dead, another 24 are gunned down, in Chicago.

Animals.


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