Hadiya Pendleton honored at #WearOrange peace rally on South Side

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Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton holds a picture of her daughter Hadiya, 15, during a gathering of gun violence victims and gun control advocates at Cornell Square Park on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting December 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

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CHICAGO — The parents of a Chicago girl who was fatally shot after returning from President Barack Obama's inauguration plan to celebrate her life during what would have been her 21st birthday.

The event in honor of Hadiya Pendleton is being held Saturday at a park on the city's South Side that was named for her two years ago.

Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton say the event will feature speeches from city officials, activists and people who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

The 15-year-old became a national symbol of gun violence in Chicago when she was shot and killed in 2013 while sitting in a park with friends. The trial for two men charged in her death is scheduled to begin this summer.

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton holds a picture of her daughter Hadiya. Scott Olson/Getty Images

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