Anthony Heredia, 19, fatally shot Tiera Franklin in Little Village on Friday, police said Sunday.
On Saturdays, family and friends gather to reminisce about teenage life.
Franklin had just buried her mother in April and her father was killed when she was 5 years old. Now, her family is planning her funeral after she was shot dead.
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“They tell you they’re going out to the store, you expect them to come home,” Franklin’s aunt, Juanita Flowers, said. “So that’s tragic.”
The feeling of regret is stirring the family’s grief when Hoa says she came to pick up her niece too late on Friday before the 17-year-old was shot and killed.
“I feel as if if I were here, maybe an hour, 45 minutes earlier, she would be in the car with me.
Chopper 7 HD was above the scene that afternoon, where police said the girl was shot in the body near a fast food parking lot in the 2500 block of South Kolin in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.
Loved ones said she was with other family members when she was shot. They took her to the hospital, where she passed away.
Larhonda Sanderson, another aunt of the boy, said: “I stayed at home waiting for them to come back. “They never came back.”
Her family said the girl is entering her senior year with the dream of becoming a lawyer.
“Look forward to graduating next year from Curie High, looking forward to the prom,” Flowers said.
Police said Heredia was riding a bicycle when he pulled out a gun and shot her.
Krystina Ross, a family friend, said: ‘We just lost our mother in April.
The mother-daughter duo’s smiles are forever sewn together in a duvet, while their death leaves an indelible pain.
“I just wish she was still here. I wish this never happened,” Sanderson said.
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