CHICAGO -- More than a hundred people filled the Hadiya Pendleton Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood tonight as a call to action.
Preachers and others gathered to tell citizens not to live in fear, but to take back their parks and use the names of Hadiya, and now Vonzell Banks, to strengthen them in their fight for safer streets.
17-year-old Banks was murdered in the park last Friday at 4:45 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone from inside opened fire. Banks, police believe, was not the intended target. He was a drummer himself, a church going teen and soon to be a senior in high school at Dunbar.
Tonight a community shared the loss, but not just one family. They prayed and wept together as a $3,000 reward was offered for information that could lead to Banks' killer.
Hadiya's parents were there, too, to lift up the grieving Banks family. They've been there. Their daughter was an innocent gun victim, in 2013. Cleo Pendleton, Hidaya's mother, said the hurt really hits after everyone has gone home and the Banks are left alone with their grief.