By Jueseppi B.
15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago. Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Pendleton, who had performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities, is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president’s hometown. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart)
Nate Pendleton comforts his son Nathaniel, 10, and his wife Cleopatra as they listen to speakers at a press conference in a neighborhood park where Nate’s daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Police, community leaders and family members of Hadiya Pendleton gather for an event near the shelter at a neighborhood park where Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nate Pendleton (R) is comforted near the neighborhood park where his daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Cleopatra Pendelton cries as she talks with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy before a news conference seeking help from the public in solving the murder of Pendelton’s daughter Hadiya Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Chicago.
Nate Pendleton shows a picture of his daughter Hadiya on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen-year-old Hadiya was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire in the park yesterday while she was hanging out with friends on the warm rainy afternoon under a shelter in the park. Hadiya was a majorette in her high school band and recently performed in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration. President Obama’s Chicago home is less than a mile from the park where Hadiya was killed. Another person was wounded in the leg during the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton (R) is comforted by sister Kimiko Pettis and her nephew Jahlil at a neighborhood park where her daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton is comforted at a neighborhood park where her daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nate Pendleton comforts his son Nathaniel, 10, as they listen to speakers at a press conference in a neighborhood park where Nate’s daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy comforts Jahlil Pettis at a neighborhood park where Jahlil’s cousin Hadiya Pendleton was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Ten-year-old Nathaniel Pendleton (L) walks with family members under the shelter at a neighborhood park where his sister Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nate Pendleton (R) walks under the shelter at a neighborhood park where his daughter Hadiya was killed on January 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Hadiya Pendleton Killed…..
15 Year Old Hadiya Pendleton performed for Obama Inauguration Shot Dead in Chicago
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In Memory of King Jaguar Hadiya Pendelton ’15
Published on Jan 30, 2013
A tribute to the memory of King High School Jaguar Hadiya Pendleton ‘Class of 2015
It is with a heavy and grieving heart we announce the passing of Hadiya Pendleton Class of 2015. It is always difficult for us to announce the passing of a Jaguar especially since our school is only 49 years old. All of our Jaguars who are gone but not forgotten have left us way too soon. But the passing of Hadiya is extremely hard and we are experiencing much difficulty even posting her transition because we are still in disbelief.
You see, we interviewed Hadiya at the Chicago Football Classic in September 2012 and we could not get over her Jaguar spirit. She was bubbly, full of life and extremely proud to be a part of Krystal Elegance the majorette program supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Band of Chicago, IL. Hadiya just returned to Chicago last week after she accompanied the band to the 2013 President Obama Inauguration in Washington D.C.
And so how can such a bright and burning light be snuffed out so carelessly? What we do in the future to remedy such a tragedy is to be discussed at a later time. Right now we want to live in the moment and remember and cherish a spirit so ethereal, so strong and tall and illuminating she made an impression on all who came into contact with her. Our thoughts, prayers, hugs, tears, embraces are extended to her family. We loved her because she was one of our own.God speed Hadiya.
We love you sweet angel.
In 1977, I graduated from Martin Luther King High School, in Chicago, Illinois, located at 45th & Drexel Blvd. I immediately went into the U.S. Military, and lived my life. Some years later Martin Luther King High School became Martin Luther King College Preparatory Academy, with the purpose of preparing inner city youth for college and a life beyond.
Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Hadiya was a majorette in her high school band and recently performed in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration. President Obama’s Chicago home is less than a mile from the park where Hadiya was killed. Another person was wounded in the leg during the shooting.
‘These were good kids by everything that I learned … Wrong place at the wrong time,’ Chicago’s top cop said.
Thats the problem Mr. “Chicago’s Top Cop”….no place in a persons home should be the “wrong place at the wrong time”…..you idiot.
Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton, killed one week after performing during inauguration festivities for President Obama, was in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” police said Wednesday.
The high school sophomore was enjoying time with volleyball teammates in a local park after finishing exams at King College Prep on Tuesday afternoon when a gunman jumped a fence and opened fire.
Pendleton was shot in the back and died one hour later. Another teen was shot in the leg and a third suffered a minor graze wound.
Authorities say that the gunman mistook Pendleton and her friends for a rival gang. Earlier Wednesday authorities had said that members of Pendleton’s group may have had gang affiliations, but cops later said that was not the case.
At a White House press briefing Wednesday, Obama spokesman Jay Carney was asked about Hadiya’s death. “It’s a terrible tragedy any time a young person is struck down with so much of their life ahead of them, and we see it far too often,” he said.
Hadiya’s slaying also came up in an interview Obama did with Telemundo. The president was asked whether the example of Chicago, with strict gun control laws, gave credence to the National Rifle Association’s position that more gun laws don’t necessary mean less gun violence.
“Well, the problem is that a huge proportion of those guns come in from outside Chicago,” Obama said. The president said it was true that creating a “bunch of pockets of gun laws” without a unified, integrated system of background checks makes it harder for a single community to protect itself from gun violence.
Police announced an $11,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s capture and conviction during a Wednesday afternoon news conference at the North Kenwood park where Hadiya was shot.
“I want this closed now,” said police Supt. Garry McCarthy, who was among the police chiefs in Washington on Monday to meet with Obama on gun control. “I don’t want to wait.”
Hadiya was the 42nd homicide victim this year in Chicago, where killings last year climbed above 500. Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke with Hadiya’s mother Wednesday morning and later, at an unrelated news conference, said the teenager represented “what is best in our city.”
“A child going to school, who takes a final exam, who had just been to inaugural,” said Emanuel, looking down at the podium for several seconds to collect himself before continuing. “And I think if anybody has any information, you are not a snitch, you’re a citizen. You’re a good citizen in good standing if you help.”
Ms. Pendleton and I attended the same high school, lived in the same area, walked the same ground.
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