ROMEOVILLE – Court documents show that the 23-year-old Cicero man charged with fatally shooting his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend last week in Romeoville had previously threatened to rape and kill her
Erick M. Maya, 23, of the 5600 block of Central Park Avenue in Cicero, was charged with murder Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty. He previously had been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
The charge was upgraded after Briana Valle, 15, died Monday. She was shot in the head while with her mother, Alicia Guerrero, 33, in the driveway outside their Romeoville home Thursday morning. Her mother was shot in the neck but is recovering from her wound.
Guerrero took out an emergency order of protection last year against Maya, saying she and her daughter feared for their safety. Maya threatened to rape and kill Valle last year, according to court documents, and the order of protection was extended last month.
Maya and Valle, a Romeoville High School student, had been in a previous dating relationship, police said.
Court documents show Maya had been harassing the mother via text messaging beginning in January 2013. In March, the mother filed an order of protection in Cook County, where the family lived before moving to Romeoville in October.
In December, Maya allegedly texted one of Valle's friends, saying he planned to rape the mother and daughter and kidnap Valle.
Valle met Maya on Facebook in June 2012, and they ran away together in August of that year, according to court documents. The mother found her daughter at Maya's Cicero home, but, according to court documents, chose not to press charges because “at this time my daughter was obsessed with Erick.”
Valle's obsession with Maya apparently turned to fear by December, according to court documents filed by her mother. Guerrero stated that her daughter "doesn't want to hear from him anymore" and that she feels "afraid of him and what he might do to us."
"I fear for our safety," the mother stated.
Maya is accused of opening fire on Valle and her mother as they were in their car at about 7 a.m. outside their home in the 300 block of Emery Avenue.
Briana was pronounced dead Monday at Loyola Medical Center.
Maya appeared via video at the Will County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Will County prosecutors had previously charged Maya on Friday 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. One attempted murder charge was dropped as prosecutors charged Maya with the murder of Valle.
His bond was set at $5 million. A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 11 at the Will County Courthouse.
A release from Valley View School District said students and staff were planning this week to wear blue and orange as a sign of unity and support for the Valle family. The school will also put counseling support in place for any students who need assistance dealing with the loss.