16-year-old Chicago girl shot dead helping man being beaten

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CHICAGO (AP) – A 16-year-old Chicago girl has been shot to death after returning to help a man being beaten by a group of people, police said.

The girl, Lizzette Mata, and the man were walking home in an alley after eating at a restaurant when four males got out of an SUV and confronted them on the South Side, Chicago police spokeswoman Sally Bown said.

The males began to beat the man about 7:10 p.m., and the girl ran to a nearby friend for help, Bown told the Chicago Sun-Times.

As the girl and friend returned, someone in the group fired shots, Bown said. The beaten man told investigators he saw the girl fall to the ground. She had been shot in the head.

The girl was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital but was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

No arrests have been made.

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