January homicide count at 42; Chicago’s worst since 2002

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Hadiya Pendelton, 15, was shot in the back and killed Tuesday. Just last week she performed in Washington with her classmates for the inauguration of President Obama.

With still two days left in the month, there have already been 42 homicides in Chicago.

That’s the most since January of 2002.

Three people were shot and killed Tuesday, including a 15-year-old girl who was only blocks away from school.

Hadiya Pendelton was at a park on 45th and South Oakenwald Avenue with friends when someone ran up to the group and opened fire.

Hadiya was shot in the back.

She was three blocks from King College Prep School where she was a sophomore.

Just last week Hadiya performed in Washington with her classmates at a presidential inauguration event.

A 17-year-old boy was also wounded in that shooting.

No arrests have been made.

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