Death of asthmatic teen who saw shooting ruled a homicide

CHICAGO (AP) " Chicago authorities say the death of a teenage girl who suffered an asthma attack after witnessing a fatal shooting at a block party was a homicide.

Police say a dispute over a parking spot on the South Side led to gunfire last July. Two people were killed and two others injured in the shooting.

Authorities say 16-year-old Jessica Williams witnessed the shooting, suffered an asthma attack and collapsed at the scene. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Results of a Cook County medical examiner's autopsy released Thursday shows she died of bronchial asthma and stress associated with gunshots fired into a crowd. The office determined her death was a homicide.

The block party was in remembrance of Williams' cousin and was attended by about 100 people.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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