Little Village shooting: Man charged after Curie High School student Tierra Franklin was killed at 2,500 S Kolin, Chicago police say

CHICAGO (WLS) — A man has been charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Curie High School student, Chicago police said.

Anthony Heredia, 19, fatally shot Tierra Franklin in Little Village on Friday, police said Sunday.

On Saturday, family and friends gathered to remember the life of Tierra Franklin.

Franklin 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 and killed.

“They tell you they’re going to the store, you expect them to come home,” Franklin’s aunt Juanita Flowers said. “So it’s tragic.

A sense of regret fuels this family’s pain as Flowers said she arrived too late on Friday to pick up her niece before the 17-year-old was shot and killed.

“I feel like if I had been here, maybe an hour, 45 minutes earlier, she would have been in the car with me. She wouldn’t have been where it happened. “Flowers said.

Chopper 7 HD was above the scene that afternoon, where police said the girl was shot in the chest near a fast food parking lot in the 2500 block of South Kolin in the Little Village neighborhood of the city.

Relatives 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 Larhonda Sanderson, another aunt of the teenager. “They never came back.”

The family said the teenager was entering her final year and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

“I can’t wait to graduate next year from Lycée Curie, I can’t wait to be at prom,” Flowers said.

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

“We just lost his mother in April. We’re not even far from hearing about it,” said Krystina Ross, a family friend.

The mother and daughter duo’s smiles are forever stitched together in a quilt, as their deaths leave behind a pain far too hard to mend.

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

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