Girl Who Performed At Obama's Inauguration Shot Dead In Chicago
NBCNEWS.COM - A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's inauguration
last week was shot dead Tuesday while hanging out with friends in
Hadiya Pendleton was standing under a
canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park when a gunman ran down an alley,
opened fire at the group and fled in a white car, police said.
Pendleton was shot in the back but managed to run about a block before
she collapsed, officer Laura Kubiak said. She died at the hospital.
A 16-year-old boy was wounded in the 2:20 p.m. incident. Police said
Pendleton, who had no criminal record, was probably not the intended
A sophomore at selective King College Prep High School,
Pendleton had traveled to Washington to perform with the marching band
at inaugural events, NBCChicago.com reported.
Friends of the young majorette described her as a bubbly, well-liked student.
was always smiling and laughing," said Tyler Genovesi, 14. "She was
just a really nice person. … There's a lot of people crying in school
today. It's very sad. The band is playing for her right now."
On Twitter, Pendleton's schoolmates were decrying the loss of innocent life.
are more than loved and missed," one wrote. "Your laugh smile and silly
happy personality has made my day more times than I can remember.
Nobody deserves this, especially not you."
The shooting happened in an upscale neighborhood where residents were shocked.
"I was torn apart," said Robin Hollis, who lives across the street from the park. "I cried when I heard about it."
murder was one of three shooting deaths in the city on Tuesday. More
than 40 people have been shot dead in Chicago since the beginning of the
year. The city leads the nation in guns seized by police.
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