A 15-year-old girl who was shot Thursday along with her mother as they sat in a car outside their Romeoville home died early Monday, according to authorities.
Briana Valle was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Briana and her 33-year-old mother had gotten into a car at about 7 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Emery Avenue when Erick M. Maya allegedly walked up and fired several shots through the passenger window of the car, police and prosecutors said. Briana was shot twice in the head and her mother was struck in the neck.
Maya, 23, of Cicero, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon charges, according to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Prosecutors will seek to add a first-degree murder charge against Maya at his court hearing Tuesday, according to a spokesman.
Romeoville officials said Sunday that a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was found in a yard near the scene of the shooting and near where Maya was found hiding by police after the incident.
Maya and Briana had previously dated, but a Will County judge granted the girl's mother an emergency order of protection against him in December, according to court documents.
In her request, the mother said Maya sent a text message to her daughter's friend saying he was “going to bring 30 guys to my house” and rape her and her daughter and then kidnap her daughter.
The mother said Briana met Maya on Facebook in June 2012 and that she had been “obsessed” with him to the point where she “ran away” with Maya in August 2012, according to court documents.
However, in her request for the order of protection, the mother said Briana “feels afraid of him and what he might do.”
Briana’s family could not be reached for comment Monday. Updated information about the mother’s condition was unavailable. She had been in good condition at Loyola.
Shelie Jones, a family neighbor, said Briana was “just like any other teenage girl ... full of love, defiance, dreams, compassion and a million other feelings.” Briana was a student at Romeoville High School.
An online fundraising effort at gofundme.com was started over the weekend, according to Anna Little-Maloney, a Romeoville resident, friend of Jones and mother of six who said she did not know Briana or her family. Little-Maloney said she originally established the campaign to help with Briana’s medical bills. Now she said the funds will go toward Briana’s funeral and other expenses.
“This hit so close to home,” Little-Maloney said. “You hear about this stuff in the city. You don’t hear about this stuff in our town.”
Tribune reporter Deanese Williams-Harris contributed.
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