Man charged in shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams - FOX 32 News Chicago

Man charged in shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A fight between two teenage boys is apparently what triggered the shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl as she attended a west side sleepover last weekend.

On Thursday, Chicago police announced charges against the gunman as people touched by the tragedy raised thousands of dollars for the victim's family.

"You introduce a gun into a fistfight and this is what happens," said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

McCarthy said it was something as petty and stupid as a fistfight between two 14-year-olds that led 18-year-old Tevin Lee to get a gun and seek revenge on one of the boys -- the member of a rival gang.

"After observing the rival gang members he thought responsible, he opened fire without care or regard for the safety of anyone else," McCarthy added.

The bullet went through an open window and struck 11-year-old Shamiya Adams in the head, killing her instantly. Adams had been at a sleepover at a friend's house in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Shamiya's aunt, Marian Stevenson, became emotional when she learned murder charges had been filed.

"It makes for a more peaceful closure. But there's no relief. I don't think there will ever be relief," said Stevenson.

"And we can do something about this. You have a dispute, leave it to words. If you can't leave it to words, leave it alone. Put the gun down," Mayor Rahm Emanuel added.

Emanuel later attended a fundraiser for Shamiya's family at a Ukrainian Village restaurant.

Shamiya's mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, did not want to talk on camera but told FOX 32 News she appreciates all the donations -- which will go to help her other two children.

Among those who contributed was nurse Christina Kanke.

"I actually work in a surgical trauma unit and I see a lot of children and their families are affected by this violence," said Kanke.

Unlike many murder investigations in Chicago that are stifled by the street's code of silence, police said this time they got plenty of help from witnesses -- including even gang members.

"In this case it's different. People who knew what happened came forward, and it's heartening to see that this actually occurs like this," McCarthy said.

Police said that Lee is a gang member who has been arrested twice, but never convicted. They also said their investigation is not over, indicating there could be other arrests in the case.

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