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15-Year-Old Dies After Romeoville Shooting

The teen and her mother were shot as they sat in their car Thursday morning.

Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A 15-year-old girl has died following a Thursday morning shooting in Romeoville, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and the ex-boyfriend accused in the crime is being held on $5 million bond.


The girl, identified as Briana Valle, reportedly died Saturday afternoon at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The teenager, a Romeoville High School student, was shot twice in the head early Thursday as she and her mother sat in a car in their driveway in the 300 block of Emery Avenue, police said. The girl's mother, 33, was shot once in the neck, according to police.

On Friday, Romeoville Chief Mark Turvey said the girl's mother was in good condition at Loyola University Medical Center. Both victims were initially taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, but later transported to Loyola, according to police.

Accused gunman Erick Maya, 23, of Cicero, remains at the Will County jail on $5 million bond. 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 Maya had previously dated the teen. Will County court records show that an emergency order of protection was taken out against Maya in December 2013.

Turvey said the order is related to the shooting case, but declined to release details or say whether police had responded to previous domestic violence reports involving Maya.

Maya is due back in court Tuesday, according to Will County records.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of the teen and her mother.

s February 17, 2014 at 05:52 PM
It has nothing to do with beeing ilegal or hispanic or living in the hood. It has to do with a real life tragedy.( For all you people think this is quiete town, wake up lot of stories going on in this town and people are afraid or just dont say anything. ) Someone lost a life because of a nutcase. The question is how did he get here, who brought him here if he was found hiding no car and came from Cicero? Im sure the mother did all she could to avoid this nut comming out here.
chris February 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM
The gun this ignorant punk used was obtained illegally. This was an individual who obtained a weapon illegally and took a life almost two. This was a senseless act of violence I pray the mother has a full recovery. May Brianna rest in piece. as far as that man who took her life we can only pray he's well received by an high aggressor with in our prison systems.
Normal Person February 18, 2014 at 07:42 PM
If Erick Maya had been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement services after his aggravated domestic violence arrest in 2011, Briana Valle would be alive today. But instead a violent, illegal alien was turned loose on the streets to prey upon our citizens.
Silly Willy February 18, 2014 at 07:54 PM
I thought the exact same thing. USA needs to crack down on people here illegally, especially the ones committing crimes! So sad.
Shelie Jones February 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM
A young girl was shot in the head while sitting next to her mother... in their own car... in their own driveway... going to school at 7am. There is no point in "IF".... what's done cannot be undone. The only thing anyone can do now if offer support. Support to a family that struggled and relocated to protect their daughter. If you'd like to help, here's the website: www.gofundme.com/6voqbc Their burdens are heavy, no parent should have to bury a child, please help as we attempt to lighten the financial burden.

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