Endia Martin's stepfather speaks about family's grief

Kent Kennedy spoke about the murder of his stepdaughter and how his family is coping. (WLS)
May 2, 2014 3:30:32 PM PDT
Kent Kennedy, Endia Martin's stepfather, says he wouldn't wish his family's pain and grief on anybody after police charged a sixth person in connection with her slaying on Friday. Authorities say Floyd Evans illegally bought the gun used to kill Martin. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Temple on West Marquette.

"This destroys not just one household, or one family, but a whole network of families," said Kennedy. "It's brought us down to our knees."

Evans has been charged with possessing a firearm without a valid firearm owner's identification card. Authorities say the 43-year old Chicago man admitted to illegally buying the .38-caliber revolver that a 14-year-old girl used Monday to shoot and kill Endia Martin as a result of a dispute which began on Facebook.

Also charged in the crime are the 14-year-old female alleged shooter, her uncle Donnell Flora who allegedly supplied the gun, a 17-year-old boy who tried to hide the gun, the original owner of the gun Robert James for selling it illegally and filing a false police report, and the alleged shooter's aunt Vandetta Redwood, for obstruction of justice.

"It saddens me to find out another teenager did this, and even more that adults aided it," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says Endia's16- year old friend was also injured in the attack and has received several death threats on social media.Equally disturbing to Kennedy is word that people have been trying to profit from Endia's death by setting up a fake donation page.

"Someone is trying to take advantage of the situation, unfortunately. And it's sad that someone would even pull a stunt like this," he said.

As Kennedy and his family struggle to heal while trying to forgive, he says he prays for a peaceful and safe summer.

"Make Chicago a peaceful place, not just during the summer but year round."

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