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Teen Held Without Bail In Fatal Shooting of 14-Year-Old Girl In Back Of The Yards

Edgar Martinez was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Savanah Quintero, 14, on June 2.

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BACK OF THE YARDS — A judge denied bail Sunday for a 17-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a 14-year-old girl earlier this month in Back of the Yards.

Edgar Martinez, of the West Lawn neighborhood, was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in the June 2 shooting of Savanah Quintero,  according to the Cook County State Attorney’s office and the Chicago Police Department.

Quintero and her 14-year-old boyfriend were walking a dog to a convenience store at 1750 W. 48th St. when Martinez and two others yelled gang slurs and asked them about their gang affiliation. Quintero allegedly swore at them before entering the store, according to a state’s attorney proffer.

When the pair left the store, Martinez and two others continued to yell, asking if they were members of the Saints. The 14-year-old girl allegedly replied her mother was a Saint, and one person in the group responded, “We’re Saint killers.”

According to the proffer, Martinez then fired two shots before running away and allegedly telling the others: “I think I just shot a girl.”

The three jumped into a gold Chevy Tahoe and fled the scene. Quintero suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died June 5.

The shooting was captured on video surveillance, and Martinez was seen entering the store an hour before the shooting, according to the state’s attorney office.

The Chicago Police Department identified Martinez through video footage. Quintero’s boyfriend and two other witnesses identified Martinez from a photo array. A third identified the 17-year-old from his arm tattoo and clothing he wore earlier in the store, according to officials. 

Martinez’s public defender argued the shooting itself was not captured on camera and said he did not admit to the shooting, according to the Sun-Times.

The 17-year-old will return to court on Tuesday.

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