$14K reward for information on murder of Chicago teen

A $14,000 reward is being offered in hopes to find the shooter who killed a 15-year-old high school student.

Hadiya Pendleton was shot on Tuesday while at a park with 11 of her friends near 45th and Oakenwald.

The group was under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park , hiding from the rain when a  gunman jumped a fence and started shooting at the group.

Pendleton was shot in the back.  A 16-year-old was wounded in the shooting.

The gunman ran from the scene and drove away immediately afterward.

Police say Pendleton and her friends were not involved in any gang activity, and the shooter may have mistaken the group for a rival gang.

Pendleton’s  family, friends and community leaders have expressed outrage over the shooting.

They want the gunman to turn himself in.

Pendleton had recently finished her final exams at King College Prep, where she was a sophomore.

She was a majorette at the school and played for the volleyball team.

Just last week, she performed with other students at an inaugural event in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Pendleton’s family for an hour yesterday.

He offered his condolences and said he would not rest until justice is served in this case.

The tragedy also caught the attention of the White House.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney said the President and First Lady extend their prayers and thoughts to the Pendleton family.

9 comments

  • Marley from Chicago

    The shooter not gon turn his self in. Thats like asking for 25+yrs. This is a national case now and as soon as he give any indication he was involved, its over for him. He aint gone get no love from any judge or juror. He is GUILTY PERIOD!!!! and a punk for shooting in a crowd and running.

    Its truly sad that this young lady had to suffer this fate. I feel sorry for her family and friends.

    Its messed up that she was just hanging out and not a target but it lets you know be careful who your friends are because their lifestyle can affect you too. I hate seeing the good go young!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just me

    You know what though…. he better not tell NO BODY if he wants to get away with this… because money talks and 'friendships' walk… someone will turn him in for some money.

  • sharong4

    Someone already knows who he is. Believe me, someone saw him. What you do in the dark, will eventually come to the light. I know he is definitely running scared now. Toooo many eyes and ears are waiting to catch him. On the Westside, if someone had found out, he would be missing and stanking, no stinking, but stanking.

  • get real

    These people cry help us, but won't say a work when asked. Dam they just shot your child. Either help the cops or take care of this yourself.

  • Marley from Chicago

    We all know shorty told somebody "i shot at dude & nem we into it with from………. i caught em lackin in the park"
    &
    we all know the police gotta a lot of leads (leads… really??? the term they always use when they tryna get someone to tell or turn theyself in)

    Hell is HOT and Chicago COLD!!!!

  • No Mercy

    WGN, WHAT IS WITH THIS ONE AND ONLY AD OF BMO HARRIS BANK? ARE THEY YOUR ONLY "SPONSOR' ? I CAN'T WATCH/READ A VIDEO/NEWS STORY ON YOUR WEBSITE WITHOUT SEEING AND UNFORTUNATELY HEARING THAT AD EVERY 5 SECONDS. IT IS UNBELIEVABLY ANNOYING. AT THE VERY LEAST ADD ANOTHER ONE OR TWO ADS SO THERE IS SOME VARIETY, I AM SO SICK OF THAT LADY TALKING ABOUT THE PAD LOCK! Jesus FING CHRIST! Til then you may find me on Abc7chicago.com….

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