Man held without belts in fatal shooting of 17-year-old

A 19-year-old Chicago man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl Friday afternoon outside a Southwest Side McDonald’s was ordered to be held without bail during his first trial on Sunday.

Anthony Heredia, of the 4300 block of West 25th Place in Little Village, was arrested Friday shortly after allegedly shooting the girl in the back outside a McDonald’s on the 4300 block of West 26th Street, authorities said.

The victim of the shooting, identified by the Cook County medical examiner as Tierra Franklin, of the 3700 block of West Cermak Road, had reportedly thrown a cup of coffee. water at an employee through the restaurant’s drive-in window, prosecutors said Sunday afternoon during the Heredia hearing.

Heredia, who was allegedly called to the restaurant by an employee who recognized the girl from a previous row at the restaurant, was outside when the incident took place, prosecutors said. As Franklin ran to a car in the parking lot, Heredia pulled out a pistol and fired twice, hitting the girl once in the back, prosecutors said.

The girl went to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Heredia was identified by multiple McDonald’s employees as having been at the restaurant just before the shooting and reportedly seen on surveillance video as they removed a used casing from the scene, prosecutors said. The used casing was found in his pocket when he was arrested near his home a short time later and matched another one found at the sight of prosecutors.

By holding Heredia without bail, Circuit Judge Susana Ortiz emphasized that he could buy a gun at age 19.

“I’ll note here that we have a 19-year-old who has easier access to firearms than a pack of cigarettes,” Ortiz said. “That’s something we might want to look into.”

Heredia lives with foster parents and is overseen by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood, said at the hearing. He would begin his senior year at Country Club Hills Tech and Trade private school in the fall, Smallwood said.

Heredia pleaded guilty in January to recklessly firing a firearm in connection with a 2021 incident in Cicero and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released in March with credit for the time he served.

Despite being encouraged not to comment on his case, Heredia told the court on Sunday, “I want to apologize to the victim’s family.”

Franklin, who was also in the care of DCFS, was looking forward to her senior year at Curie High School and anxiously awaiting prom, said a relative from Florida, where relatives were spending the July 4 vacation. The death of Franklin’s mother, Keeyana Sanderson, from cancer two months ago left the girl behind.

“It’s been so hard for her and her younger sister,” Wesley Bowman said, reeling from the news of her murder.

Relatives learned that Franklin had walked to the McDonald’s restaurant on Friday, where she was involved in an ongoing disagreement with an employee. The employee reportedly stepped away from the counter and called someone.

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Chicago police could not confirm the confrontation, but prosecutors said Heredia told police after his arrest that he had been called to the store by an employee concerned about Franklin’s presence due to a previous incident.

Relatives said the gunman followed the car and continued firing, but the car was not hit by gunfire.

In 2012, Franklin’s father was fatally injured at a party on the 5100 block of Morgan in the Englewood neighborhood.

In June, another family member, 18, was shot multiple times on the Southwest Side and is disabled from his injuries.

The family was preparing to open a GoFundMe account for Franklin’s funeral arrangements.

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