My friend, Endia Martin, was killed April 28, 2014. She was in a fight with another girl and was shot. She was 14. The pain I’m feeling, words and crying can’t express. I never thought in a million years I would see on the news that somebody really close to me died due to gun violence. It just hurts so bad.
We two were close friends in elementary school. We were always hanging together talking, laughing and everything.
I just never expected her to go that far over a petty argument on Facebook that could’ve been avoided. First of all, Endia wasn’t even arguing. It wasn’t even her fight; it was her friend’s fight. Endia was just there helping out her friend.
Another one of our classmates, Tilden Career Community Academy freshman Lexie, remembers finding out Endia had died.
“I was just sitting in class with her the day this all took place, and to go home and see this on the news I was stuck in shock because I was just like, ‘This can’t be true, like was it that serious that she had to kill my friend?’
“I’m just hurt so bad, and every time I think about it. It makes me sad, angry and depressed. I just want her back so bad.”
On April 29, a day after she was killed, a memorial was held for Endia so her classmates and family could share tears and precious memories. Her funeral was May 5.
I remember when Endia and I used to mess with people and make fun of them (not in a harmful way). Endia and I both loved to eat everything that everybody else had to offer, but we were stingy.
Endia will be truly missed by neighborhood friends and classmates and family. She was a very beautiful girl, and I will truly miss her walking into class with the biggest smile on her face. I love and miss her dearly.