'A Truly Senseless Crime' — Ex-Boyfriend Accused of Shooting Teen, Teen's Mother

Erick Maya, 23, of Cicero, faces charges of attempted murder in shootings that left his teenage ex-girlfriend and her mother seriously injured.

Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey gives the press an update on charges filed in the Emery Avenue shooting. Credit: Shannon Antinori
Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey gives the press an update on charges filed in the Emery Avenue shooting. Credit: Shannon Antinori

A 23-year-old Cicero man is accused of shooting his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend and the teen's mom in what Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey called a "truly senseless crime."

"There was no excuse for this," Turvey said during a press conference on Friday, a day after the teen and her 33-year-old mother were shot as they sat in a car outside their own home in the 300 block of Emery Avenue.

Turvey said the teen is listed in critical condition, while her mother is in good condition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. 

Erick Maya of Cicero is accused of shooting the girl twice in the head. The mother was shot once in the neck, police said.

Turvey said a K-9 unit found Maya hiding under a deck at a home about two blocks from the crime scene. Investigators have not recovered a weapon and believe Maya tossed the gun as he fled on foot after the shooting, Turvey said.

Maya is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Turvey said he did not know the details of Maya's prior conviction, and a search for the Cicero man in Illinois Department of Corrections records turned up no results.

Will County Court records do show that a woman took out an emergency order of protection against Maya in December 2013. Turvey said he believes that incident is related to the Thursday morning shooting, although he declined to offer details and could not say whether police have responded to previous domestic violence incidents at the Emery Avenue home.

Turvey also declined to comment on whether statutory rape charges could also be filed against the 23-year-old. He said the teenage victim and Maya were dating at one time, but had broken up prior to the shooting.

Although three other people were questioned in connection with the shooting, Turvey said he does not believe anyone else was involved in the crime.

"We believe it was this one lone shooter and we believe he acted alone," Turvey said. "We feel there is no remaining threat to the community.

"It's always important to get a violent person off the street," Turvey added. "He's certainly a threat to other citizens throughout the area and he's obviously a violent person."

Police are not releasing the victims' names.

"We're trying to preserve their privacy," he said.

Turvey did confirm that the 15-year-old is a student at Romeoville High School.

On Friday, Valley View School District Superintendent James Mitchem sent a letter to staff, saying counseling is available to students and teachers in the wake of the crime.

Valley View schools in Romeoville, along with the Joliet Junior College Romeoville campus, were briefly locked down as a precaution as police searched the area for the suspect on Thursday.

"This unfortunate event (and the emergency response required as a result) are certainly unsettling and we understand the concern that many of our families felt during this time," Mitchem said in the letter. "As we implemented our safety protocol,  we adjusted our response as needed based on the direction of law enforcement officials as their investigation was in progress. Direction given to us by law enforcement officials was based on what was in the best interest of safety for our students, staff, and community. District staff, along with our community partners, worked together to ensure the safety was the highest priority. We are also very proud of our students for their responsible behavior, patience and cooperation. We thank the community for their patience and understanding."

Nicole Erin February 14, 2014 at 07:07 PM
I have no words- I hope the girl recovers. This is just senseless.
Jackie Van Overmeiren February 14, 2014 at 07:25 PM
15 years old dating a 23 year old? Really?!
nightdweller February 14, 2014 at 07:31 PM
23 year old dating a 15 year old!!!!!!!!! What the heck is that! I hope the poor girl pulls through!
Randy Wayne February 15, 2014 at 05:53 AM
sskondill February 15, 2014 at 08:32 AM
The mother's lack of parental judgement is apparent.This is not a judgement call its a reality check. It is unfortunate they both were seriously injured due to the mother allowing her daughter to be put in harms way. There is alot more to this story, I would imagine.The mother should be held accountable and evaluated for a mental health screening.
45 year resident February 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Not the first time the person involved in some sort of crime in Romeoville is from Cicero, Joliet, or Chicago. Wonder who or what attracks them to our town? Sad and unreal story. Poor judgement all around. And a 15 year old girls life is at stake now...and if she survives will she ever be herself again with 2 close range bullets in her head? I cannot help but think that securing our borders would help to eliminate many problems with drugs and guns in the US...and dealing out some much needed justice to those who are here illegally...
jean February 15, 2014 at 02:19 PM
If they were "dating" in 2012 that means she was 13. Can you say sex offender. That judge should have charged him.
Todd Boyette February 15, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Sskondil, I am having a very difficult time with your comment. I have read the article now a couple times and have yet to find any indication of the mother's knowledge of the relationship. I also don't see any indication of the mother condoning the relationship. Working on the same basis of assumptions, it could also be concluded that perhaps the mother did not approve of the relationship and was instrumental in the break up and restraining order thus making her a target of the shooter as well. It all seems a bit ridiculous to make assumptions and pass judgement based on conjecture. Perhaps we can simply wish the victims well and hope the judicial system properly penalizes the shooter.
Kristen Hijuelos February 15, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I think instead of bashing the parents...we should instead remember that there is a child in critical condition in the hospital and a mother who is also hurt and devastated...putting.yourself in her shoes...how would you feel if you were the mother reading these comments...I pray they both pull through..
Hooverville resident February 15, 2014 at 07:00 PM
This Is For 45 Yr. Resident---- It would seem I missed the report indicating these 3 Hispanic individuals are here "illegally". Your ignorance I will attribute to perhaps being a 3rd Generation inbred of this 'peaceful town'. With no doubt strong southern roots. Shame on you for taking this tragic event in our humble town, and throwing your racially charged accusations in this forum. Take a long hard look, this town is very diversified and we have children from all ethnicities creating problems that 35 years ago only the " good ole boys " were guilty of. It is without question a horrible situation for this family. I agree there is no rationale explanation for a 25 yr. old man to be dating a 15 yr. old girl. That should of course be addressed by own small town finest. My Hispanic heart prays that mother and daughter pull through and have their loved ones nearby for emotional support. Hopefully they can look past your type of small town small- minded absolute grievous remarks and be strong for the long recovery that lies ahead.
Kristen Hijuelos February 15, 2014 at 08:09 PM
the mother WAS being a parent...she found out and got a restraining order...no one knows the entire story...so stop judging please! like I said..the girl is in critical condition....there are way more important things to discuss than just blaming the parents!
Mickey February 15, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Patricia needs to learn to read more carefully instead of skimming. The mother's in the hospital!! Hello??? Smh!
Mickey February 15, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Lucy February 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM
I would need to know the full situation in order for form a real opinion. The mother and daughter were new to the area. I assume mom wanted to get them out of the area that they lived in before. This guy was not from Romeoville, he followed them and he committed the crime. IF mom allowed the relationship then I would question her parenting. I certainly kept close tabs on my child at that age but kids do sneaky things. I just want them to heal and come home from this.
Richard Love February 16, 2014 at 12:55 AM
We as parents can't control everything our kids do. The Mom was protecting her child who got caught up in a bad situation. Moved her family away and tried to provide everything she can for them. There are other members of this family who are going through a very rough time now. They are in Gods hands.
Cutie64840 February 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Seems like some of you should stop judging until you get the full story. Sounds like the mother was trying to keep her daughter away. Keep calm and pray instead of fighting with each other
Kristine Neumann February 16, 2014 at 01:17 PM
I have a question. The police found him hiding under a porch, but there's no mention of how he got to the home. Did he drive & if so, where's the car? Did someone else drive him? Cicero is a long way from Romeoville, so how did he get there? My question is could more be involved?
Mickey February 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Mom wasn't watching her daughter, Patrricia?? Hello?? She was taking her daughter to school. She wasn't walking to school or taking the bus. She was driving her daughter to school!!
Mickey February 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM
And you Patricia was the one who wanted the mom to read your comments. Smh.
Cutie64840 February 16, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Patricia take a chill pill. You should probably just worry about you and your kids! Shit happens people make bad decisions. Parents can't be tied to their kids as much as they would like to. Her daughter died and all you are doing is making this poor mothers like worse by saying stupid stuff. Just shut up!
Kristine Neumann February 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Patricia, they always plead not guilty. He's probably got a lawyer already telling him to plead not guilty. And guess who will be paying for his lawyer?
Patricia February 16, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Us..taxpayers of course
Cutie64840 February 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Aww I'm sorry Patricia is my email address not up to your standards? Sorry but it's my junk email because your rude comments have been filling my inbox. It's also something I've had for over 15 years so relax yourself. Go tend to your children
Cutie64840 February 17, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Ok... Lots of people in my family are serving or have served for this country. Don't judge me by my user name. Thanks
Resident February 17, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Patricia, why don't you concern yourself with your own family and quit sitting in judgment of others. Last time I checked the news God did not come down and appoint you judge and jury of the rest of the world. A CHILD is gone and that is what is the tragedy here. I am ashamed to say I live in the same town as all of these judgmental people...especially you Patricia. And you, Patricia, would be making a comment about the parents if they had a life insurance policy on their child! There are 2 sayings you should remember...if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything AT ALL and but for the grace of God go I. So, I hope for your sake nothing tragic happens to your family...and then have everyone blame you for it!! Ever heard of KARMA????
Patricia February 18, 2014 at 08:58 PM
I want to apologize to anyone I offended by my very outspoken opinions on this. I had been going through some own personal things regarding a friends child that was killed. I was very wrong to be so judge mental and cruel.
Bolingbrook Homeowner February 21, 2014 at 03:00 PM
"Will County Court records do show that a woman took out an emergency order of protection against Maya in December 2013. " That would make the girl 13-14 years of age and her boyfriend 21-22 years old. WTH?! Not in my world would I have ever let this relationship start, no way, no how.
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