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Gun violence kills teen who performed at Obama’s inauguration

A Chicago high school student who recently returned from performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration was killed at a park Tuesday.

It happened in the middle of the afternoon, just blocks away from her high school on the south side.

Hidiya Pendelton, 15, was a majorette in the King College Prep marching band. After her inauguration performance, Hidiya was planning for a trip to Paris with the band. But those dreams came to a crashing halt.


Hidiya Pendelton, 15, died after she was shot in the back Tuesday.

School let out early after taking exams.  Hadiya and about 10 people were hanging out, huddling under a canopy in nearby Harsh Park to avoid the rain.

Police say that’s when a boy jumped the fence and ran toward them shooting.

Hadiya was shot in the back and later died at the hospital.

Two other boys were hit.  A 16-year old was last listed in serious condition and a 17-year old suffered a graze wound to his ankle.

Police say they don’t believe Hadiya was the intended target.  They say she was not in a gang, but preliminary reports are most of the people in the group with her were gang members.

None of them stuck around to help the shooting victims, or to give police any information about the shooter or exactly what happened.

Students at King College Prep are really taking the news of her death hard.

They say the halls of the school were unusually quiet as students mourned Hadiya’s death.


6 Comments to “Gun violence kills teen who performed at Obama’s inauguration”

    sharong4 said:
    January 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    May the child RIP. I hope they catch the person who did it and hang him upside down and beat him with bats. Killing him would be too good.

    james said:
    January 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    This is so awful, another innocent life gone. I pray they catch who is responsible

    BlakkVoice said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    May all of the victims of Chicago find justice! Love from New Orleans, LA. RIP Hadiya

    charles said:
    January 31, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Still wonder why girls and woman hang out with these stupid ass thugs, gang bangers???? And you all wonder why they get caught up in crap like this stay away from the trash smh……

    kid1339 said:
    January 31, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    All you hear ban guns ban ban ban guns. Why don't we ban inaugurations???

    Deja said:
    February 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    You want solution!???? here it is. Kill them all! Kill all those who have contributed nothing and wont contribute anything to society. They don't care about themselves, they obviously don't want to act like civil humans, so kill them and their parents because ( I speak of most cases, for there are good parents whose children become cretins and criminals) they haven't done their job to guide their offspring. There is no saving most of those brainwashed savages on the streets. Too harsh? okay let's be fair, give them a chance to straighten up, but if they refuse to act accordingly and continuously break the law kill them or exile them to some remote place where survival is very unlikely. Jail doesn't scare these rabid beasts, KILL them!! This girl deserved to live, she was going to be amazing. She didn't deserve this!!! America would solve a lot of their problems if they just killed the cretins who want to be in a gang or just cause issues. Kill them all!!! demolish the violence!! This demonstration of zero tolerance will in turn discourage those of the younger generation to not become involved in crime. Give the ultimatum live right or die. Simple

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