Prosecutors: Chicago Teen Confessed to Killing in Snapchat Video

"I killed Chris and now I'm going to kill myself," the suspect allegedly said in a Snapchat video while in the back of a squad car

A Chicago teenager accused in his friend's shooting death admitted to the killing in a Snapchat video, according to prosecutors.

Anthony Mendoza, 17, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christian Bandemer, 16, who was shot in the chest Friday in the city's Bridgeport neighborhood.

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Anna Sedelmaier said in court Sunday that Mendoza posted the video on the social media app from the back of a police car after he was arrested, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"I killed Chris and now I'm going to kill myself," the teen said on Snapchat, according to Sedelmaier.

Snapchat videos can be viewed once, then disappear. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said Monday she didn't know how authorities accessed the video.

Defense attorney Mike Johnson described the shooting as accidental and said Mendoza had no ill-will toward his friend.

But Sedelmaier said in court the suspect was the only one in the room with Bandemer at the time of the killing and allegedly told a 20-year-old cousin "not to snitch" about the crime, according to the Tribune.

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