It was one year ago Wednesday a high school honors student was shot and killed in the North Kenwood neighborhood.
Hadiya Pendleton was shot just blocks away from President Obama’s home in Chicago, and her death attracted national attention in the fight against gun violence.
The 15 year-old was killed at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park as she hung out with friends after school. She was a student at King College Prep.
First Lady Michelle Obama attended her funeral, and the First Family invited her parents to the State of the Union address in 2013.
On this anniversary, friends and family will attend a private memorial service from 3-5 p.m. at King College Prep. Afterward, the Pendletons are expected to host a family gathering at their home in Bronzeville. They also plan to visit her gravesite at Oak Woods Cemetery in Woodlawn. Her parents are struggling with her death. “You know, you have to figure out how to live with what’s transpired,” said Cleopatra Pendleton, the victim’s mother.
Her parents formed “Hadiya’s Foundation” to battle against gun violence.