Mother of Slain Chicago Girl, Suspect Cross Paths

CHICAGO (AP)–The mothers of a 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Chicago and the girl accused of pulling the trigger have crossed paths at a court hearing.

The mother, stepfather and other relatives of the 14-year-old victim, Endia Martin, said nothing to the slightly-built suspect who wore a pink detention-hall-issued shirt and dark blue pants.

Stepfather Kent Kennedy says it was important for Endia’s family to be at the juvenile court hearing to send a message that she was loved and not just another grim statistic.

The suspect’s mother and grandmother declined comment after they hugged the suspect following the hearing.

The girl is charged with first-degree murder in the April 28 shooting. Her uncle, Donnell Flora, is also charged with first-degree murder because he allegedly supplied the gun.

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