A boy, 13, was shot and killed Sunday night while recording a fight having to do with a Facebook post. The dispute involved his sisters, who are 16 and 17-years-old. Everything unfolded in the the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of Chicago.
CBS Local in Chicago reports that the tragedy happened about 10:30 p.m. near an intersection at Grand and Austin avenues. Anthony Diaz’s two sisters wanted to confront some other girls about a dispute they were having on Facebook. A fight was expected to break out, but not a fatal shooting.
According to the report, someone walked up to the group and began firing a gun. Diaz was recording everything on his cell phone while his stepfather, Ralph Otero, was present. Otero didn’t like the idea of the kids going out by themselves, so he went along.
WGN 9 News reports that at least one of the bullets struck Diaz in the side and exited out of his chest. The report states that four shell casings were discovered at the scene where the boy, 13, was shot and killed over a Facebook dispute.
It’s unknown if the teen was a target in the shooting. As of Monday morning, no one was taken into custody.
“I’m devastated. The mom is devastated. We’re all in shock. My pastors are very devastated, because he’s a good kid. He was a good kid, honors student, and outgoing person,” Otero said of his stepson.
The Chicago Tribune shares more of what took place. After Anthony Diaz was shot, the person firing the gun stood over him and shot him multiple times. He was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Police were able to access the videos taken by the 13-year-old boy.
Ironically, Otero says the family just moved out of a dangerous neighborhood.
“We just moved there in November. Better area, better area for the kids and better atmosphere.”
The boy was sadly a victim in a bizarre shooting having to do with a Facebook post. Details about what the teenage girls were fighting over haven’t been released. Although Diaz was recording the violence that involved his sisters, Otero says he wasn’t a “troubled kid.”
“.He would give us a headache here and there, but not as much as the troubled kids. He was not a troubled kid.”
Social media is used as a vital tool for kids to communicate and it’s often a platform for turbulent feuds as well as friendly exchanges.
[Photo Credit: Anthony Diaz via CBS Local]