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Friends share tears, hugs outside house where Endia Martin was killed

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Less than an hour after Tuesday night’s shooting, a crowd gathered down the street to remember 14-year-old Endia Martin, the young girl who was shot and killed yesterday.

A 17-year-old boy has now been charged in connection with the murder, accused of hiding the gun that was used in the killing.

Friends gathered on the porch of the home where Endia Martin had run for safety only to be shot in the back and killed.

Many shed tears and all sought some form of comfort in the wake of the senseless violence from 24 hours earlier.

Police say it was a fight over a boy, but relatives of Martin say the trouble was between the 14-year-old girl who's now charged with murder and Martin's 16-year-old friend.

One girl who came to the vigil with a heavy heart was still wearing the hospital bandage on her left arm from where she was shot. She declined to talk about what happened.

“A child's life has been taken, and then another child's life is totally ruined, because an adult made the wrong decision for her,” neighbor Anita Stacey said.

Police say the gun used in the shooting was stolen. They are investigating whether her uncle provided her with the weapon.

More than 100 people gathered at the memorial for Martin. They offered prayers and then released balloons in her honor.

The CEO of Chicago Against Violence asked the crowd for a show of hands for how many had been affected by gun violence in some way. There were a lot of hands.

“We need a change, because you are our future, and without you there is no future,” Reverend Andre Smith said. “We just killing each other off, going from one funeral to the next funeral.”

A relative says on Tuesday Martin had come to this block with her friend to help her in the fight but no one expected it to end with gunfire.

FOX 32 News was at the scene where the four people were shot shortly before the memorial and police say they do not believe there was any link between the two except for proximity.

On Facebook, a friend of the family of Endia Martin posted a thank you note to those who showed up to support her. They are trying to raise donations to pay for her funeral and plan to set up a trust fund in the next few days.

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