Teen Kills Friend, Then Confesses On Snapchat, Prosecutors Say
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A 17-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting his friend in the chest, then confessing to the crime on Snapchat after his arrest, according to prosecutors.
At a Sunday hearing on the shooting, Assistant State's Attorney Anna Sedelmaier told the courtroom that the defendant, Anthony Mendoza, wrote "I killed Chris and now I'm going to kill myself" in a Friday snap, the Tribune reports. He allegedly sent the snap from the back of a police car, after he was arrested in relation to the death of Christian Bandemer, 16.
The shooting itself happened on Friday at 11:37 a.m. in the 3500 block of South Parnell Avenue—right near U.S. Cellular Field in Bridgeport. Bandemer died of a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. Just before the shooting, according to prosecutors, Bandemer was admiring a gun with his 20-year-old cousin and Mendoza. The cousin allegedly stepped outside for a smoke, heard a "pop" and went inside to find Bandemer critically wounded. He encountered Mendoza a minute later, blood-stained and asking what happened, the Tribune reports.
Mendoza was ordered held in jail on $250,000 bail. Prosecutors requested he be held with no bail, but that request was denied.