Small village shooting: Anthony Heredia allegedly killed Curie High School student Tiera Franklin at 25:00 S Colin, police say

CHICAGO (WLS) – A man has been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old Curie High School student, Chicago police said.

Police said Sunday that Anthony Heredia, 19, shot and killed Tiera Franklin in Little Village on Friday.

On Saturday, family and friends gathered to remember the life of a teenager.

Franklin had just buried her mother in April and her father was killed when she was only 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 to the store and you expect them to come home,” said Franklin’s aunt, Juanita Flowers. “So it’s a tragedy.”

Regret is fueling the family’s pain as Flowers said she picked up her niece too late on Friday before the 17-year-old was shot dead.

“It seems to me that if I had been here, maybe an hour or 45 minutes earlier, she would have been with me in the car. She would not have been in the place where it happened, ”Flowers said.

On that day, a Chopper 7 HD helicopter was over the scene where police said the girl was hit in the torso near a fast food parking lot in the 2500 block of South Colin in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.

Those close to her said she was with other family members when she was shot. They rushed her to the hospital, where she died.

“I was at home waiting for them to come back,” said Larchonda Sanderson, another of the teen’s aunts. “They never came back.”

The family said the teenage girl got together in high school dreaming of becoming a lawyer.

“Looking forward to graduating from Curie High School next year, looking forward to prom,” Flowers said.

Police said Heredia was on a bicycle when he pulled out a gun and shot her.

“We just lost her mother in April. We haven’t even come close to recovering from it,” said Christina Ross, a family friend.

The smiles of the mother-daughter duo are forever sewn together in a blanket, and their deaths leave behind a pain that is so hard to mend.

“I just wish she was still here. I wish this never happened,” Sanderson said.

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