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Uncle Gave Niece Gun Used to Kill 14-Year-Old Endia Martin, Police Say

By Erica Demarest | April 30, 2014 6:40am | Updated on April 30, 2014 1:31pm
 Donnell Flora (l.) gave his niece the gun that was used to kill 14-year-old Endia Martin (r.), police said.
Donnell Flora (l.) gave his niece the gun that was used to kill 14-year-old Endia Martin (r.), police said.
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Chicago Police Department; Family

CHICAGO — The 14-year-old girl who shot and killed another teen after fighting over a boy asked her uncle for the gun used in the shooting, prosecutors said.

Uncle Donnell Flora, 25, of the 8300 block of South Buffalo Avenue, took the bus with a loaded gun to give to his niece "knowing she was going to become involved in a physical fight with the victim," said Jamie Santini, an assistant state's attorney.

Flora is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm.

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On Monday afternoon, a 14-year-old girl — whose name is being held because she's a minor — fatally shot high school freshman Endia Martin, also 14, authorities said. The two had been involved in a fight over a boy, police and family said.

The shooting was captured on cellphone video by a witness, according to Santini.

The shooter also shot a 16-year-old girl in her arm in the incident, which happened about 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

When Flora handed the shooter the gun, she began arguing with the victims before pointing the gun at the surviving victim's aunt, Santini said.

After the woman pushed the gun away, the shooter hit the 16-year-old girl in the head with the gun. The older girl that swung a lock on a chain but missed the shooter.

The 14-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged Tuesday with first-degree murder.

"She admitted to shooting the victims and named the defendant, her uncle, as the person who provided her the loaded gun after she requested him to do so telling him she was going to be involved in a fight," Santini said.

Later in the day, a 17-year-old boy was charged similarly. Police and prosecutors said he helped the shooter hide the gun she used, which was reported stolen from a car on April 14.

When police arrived at the scene, they spotted Flora close to another person, the 17-year-old boy, Santini said. The boy tried to run from police but was arrested. He later signed a statement that Flora handed him the .38-caliber revolver that was found by authorities and used in the shooting.

Flora has three prior felony convictions, including 2007 and 2009 possession of a stolen motor vehicle charges and a 2011 pot possession charge.

Flora was ordered held on $3 million bail during a court hearing Wednesday afternoon.