Sixth person charged in Endia Martin murder - New York News

Sixth person charged in Endia Martin murder

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The gun used to kill 14-year-old Endia Martin in the Back of the Yards neighborhood earlier this week passed through the hands of a Streeterville man, police said Thursday night.

Floyd Evans, of the 200 block of East Ohio Street, was charged with illegally buying the weapon without a valid FOID card, in addition to a parole violation, police said.

Evans was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 for the misdemeanor Friday. Authorities in Georgia also have a warrant for Evans’ arrest for financial identity fraud, prosecutors said.

He allegedly bought the gun last year from Robert James, 34, who was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Thursday after being charged with disorderly conduct and selling a firearm without a FOID card. Prosecutors said James’ gun was used in Endia’s murder, but his public defender said it happened without his knowledge.

Evans is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

The aunt of the 14-year-old girl accused in the fatal shooting of a former friend knew her niece was headed to a confrontation with a gun Monday and didn’t try to stop her, prosecutors said Thursday.

Thursday morning, officers charged James with false reporting and illegal selling of a firearm. Police also charged 32-year-old Vandetta Redwood with obstruction of justice.

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Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Redwood held Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bail.Prosecutors said Redwood “did not distance herself or try to stop” the confrontation in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard that authorities have said began with a Facebook fight over a boy.

Kuriakos Ciesil repeatedly asked prosecutors whether video taken during the fight — where prosecutors said about 20 people were present and bottles and pipes were used — showed Redwood’s involvement. After the judge delayed Redwood’s hearing over the issue, prosecutors said the video shows her “in close proximity to her niece.”

Redwood’s public defender said there’s no proof Redwood was involved.

James bought his Smith & Wesson revolver from Chuck’s Gun Shop in February 2012, court records show. He sold it to a friend in November 2013 but reported it stolen on April 15, according to those records.

Earlier, the mother of the accused 14-year-old shooter said the girl’s uncle should “rot in jail” for his alleged role in the crime.

Donnell Flora, 25, who uses a wheelchair since he was paralyzed in a shooting in 2010, took a bus to deliver the gun to his niece on Monday, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Flora originally told police that he had stolen the gun used to kill Martin.

He met his niese in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard where Endia was fatally shot, prosecutors said.

He brought the .38-caliber revolver to the girl knowing there would be a fight, prosecutors said.

The accused shooter’s mother said her daughter was goaded into pulling the trigger.

The mother, whom the Sun-Times is not identifying because her daughter has been charged as a juvenile, said her daughter felt pressured to use the gun to settle what has been described by police and people who knew both girls as a feud over a boy that began on Facebook.

The mother had yet to speak with Endia’s family, but she said on Wednesday evening: “Me and my daughter send condolences.” Her daughter was being held in juvenile detention. “She’s so sorry,” said the girl’s mother, who was remorseful and, at times, defensive.

She said the feud had escalated to the point that someone threatened to lay her daughter “where her daddy’s at” — a reference to the girl’s father, who died when she was 9 months old. “It’s a shame that the little girl had to die,” the mother said.

She says her daughter “feels bad too.”

A judge ordered Flora held on $3 million bail. Flora, of the 8300 block of South Buffalo, is charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

At Flora’s bond hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said the girl, revolver in hand, got into a scuffle before the shooting. Someone tried to knock the gun away, and a 16-year-old girl swung a chain with a lock on the end of it.

Moments later, shots were fired as Endia fled, and a bullet hit her in the back. A 16-year-old girl was hit in the arm.

Santini said the gun was passed back to Flora but it ultimately ended up in the hands of a 17-year-old boy who was charged Tuesday with hiding the weapon.

Flora has two previous felony convictions for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He also has a 2011 conviction for possession of marijuana.

The two girls graduated last year from the same grade school before attending different high schools, relatives said. Endia’s stepfather said she dreamed of attending college, joining the Navy and traveling the world.

The mother of the girl charged with murder said her daughter wants to be a nurse and work with the elderly.

Dontrell Robinson, 15, a rapper who goes by Yung Trell, said Endia was like his sister and the two hung out the day before the shooting.

“It was just a normal day . . . If she really thought there was a problem, she would have probably told me,” he said.

The Kenwood Academy High School student said he misses his best friend, whom some called Tiny.

He said Endia “loved everybody.”

“If she was close to you, she always had your back,” he said.

At a memorial gathering for Endia on Wednesday evening at the site of the shooting, a cousin said she was still in shock, especially because the death involved two girls and a gun, and not two boys. “Everyone misses her. I still can’t believe it.”

Relatives of other people slain in gun violence attended the vigil and demanded changes in gun laws to prevent such tragedies.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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