Girl who performed for Obama shot dead in Chicago


CHICAGO—A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration last week was shot dead in Chicago by a gunman who opened fire on a group of kids hanging out in a park, police said Wednesday.

“It is believed that the offender mistook the group for gang members and fired at them,” Chicago police office Laura Kubiak told AFP.

Hadiya Pendleton — described by a relative as a “walking angel” — was sheltering from the rain under a canopy with about 10 or 12 other teenagers Tuesday when the gunman leaped over a fence, opened fire and then jumped into a getaway car at 2:30 pm.

Her friends scrambled in fear and did not stay to help Pendleton or the two boys were were also injured, Kubiak said.

“As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy,” her godfather, Chicago police officer Damon Stewart, lamented to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”

The park where Pendleton was shot is about a mile away from Obama’s South Side home.

Chicago is struggling to control an epidemic of gang violence, which helped push the city’s murder rate up 16 percent to 506 people in 2012. The city has already logged more than 40 murders so far this year.

The shooting also comes as the nation is embroiled in a debate over gun violence in the wake of the massacre of 20 young children and six staff members at a Connecticut elementary school.

The White House said Wednesday that Obama — who has often spoken of the need to address the less spectacular but far more deadly gun violence on the streets of Chicago and other cities — is praying for Pendleton’s family.

“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,” spokesman Jay Carney said.

“And as the president has said, we will never be able to eradicate every act of evil in this country, but we — but if we can save any one child’s life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to this scourge of gun violence.”

Pendleton was a majorette in the King College Prep school band, which brought her to Washington for the inauguration. She was hanging out with other members of the volleyball team when she was shot in the back.

“She was an honor student all her life,” cousin Shatira Wilks told the Sun-Times. “Honestly, she was a walking angel. She never once gave her mom any problems ever.”

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  • go2goal

    The NRA and the gun culture’s answer is to flood the streets with even more guns…..instead we need universal gun ownership reform in the US so the gun runners can’t keep moving guns into our cities and areas where the people don’t want them.

    We have rights to live in a peaceful and civil society…..just like they do in England, Germany, Japan and elsewhere!

    In a typical year:   Japan has a total of ZERO children killed by gun violence.  By contrast, the US has between 3,000 and 5,000 children killed by gun violence in a year….which happens to be about 85% of the total gun violence deaths to children in the World!  

    The US is #1….in gun violence deaths to children.

    What a country…..the gun capital of the world is not making us safer or move civil…quite the opposite!

  • nicosan

    what’s happening in the world??

  • huseng_batute

    Para sa akin mas ligtas pa rin dito sa Pinas.

  • Mel

    Sad, cruel world.

  • Noel

    That was nothing compared to daily killings in Manila.

    • c

       wag mo naman maliitin ang pagkamatay ng bata. at OA mo naman. di naman araw araw ang patayan sa manila. at meron ding krimen sa ibang bansa anoh? yan na nga, the article is one of the proofs of that.

    • D3marketers

      Daily talaga bro? Pure hogwash naman ata yan, baka naman daga at pusa ang namamatay araw-araw dahil sa basura ;) Masyado eksadyereted tol sabi ni lolo

  • riza888

    Strictest gun laws in the nation, 42 murders in the first month…Gun control works – NOT!

    • panhase

      Ah, strictest gun laws, but there is no border control when you are entering Chicago.
      It´s just so easy going there from any state you choose, it´s not an island you know.

  • patriotic_act

    we are natural born killers.. the only question is when where and what type of living organism

  • bugoybanggers

    America…DEMOCRACY SUCKS!!!

    • keivin1

      america still in habeas corpus, at the start of American civil war, late pres. Abe Lincoln decreed it, and unto this day, no president that succeeded him lifted it

  • sl1

    Killing is made easy with guns!Have a very strict gun control law.

  • Mux

    Hooray for your 2nd Amendment America!  Your right to keep and bear arms also means your right to have criminals who shoot innocent kids. You love your rights so much, same as you defend have the right to kill children whose only crime is that they haven’t been born yet. I am so glad I don’t live in America.

    • Well Done

       yes, Mux, and Americans are glad you don’t live in America, as well.

  • $14141131

    This is a culture of gang members. Killing is a status symbol for their gang. Mostly black americans are involved in this. Most likely, illegal drugs business must be behind these crazy murders. Jobless and angry, they are the victims of wreckonomics now engulfing America.

    • Anoinette

      The white gangs are not called “gangs”…they’re called “organized crime.”

  • joboni96

    naka karma na ang imperialista

    nakaka lungkot nga lang
    mga inosente ang tinatamaan

    hindi ang mga ganid at mapanupil

    • childofreasons

      @joboni96.. sino naman ang ganid? Amerca? Paano naman naging ganid ang america?

      • joboni96

        aba’y isang libro yan

        buksan mo lang ang
        kolonisadong utak mo

        magbasa ng news
        kahit u.s. propaganda

        himayin mo at
        masasagot ang tanong mo

    • Well Done

       yabba dabba doo

  • childofreasons

    It’s very obvious,since they can’t shoot President Obama due to gun control laws, they shoot the girl. Way to go evil NRA and pro-gun nuts.

  • Garote

    No wonder this happened in ‘Chicago, it’s a total gun control city. Like the Sandy Hook gun rampage, it happened in that area because it’s also gun-free zone. Lift the gun ban and we will see the last of the school shooting or street rampage.

  • pasaway008ako

    I don’t believed that this was a gang member related incident. It was a political related. How could anyone say that a 15-yr old girl was mistaken for a gang member? Foolish. I t was a poltical issue!!! 

    • jpmd88

       you are a political issue

  • Anoinette

    I have a solution…if you belong to a gang in the United States we ship you to a war-torn country for a year.

    • $14141131

      You mean to the Philippines? They will have fun there. But seriously, the wrack heads in the Philippines don’t kill a group of sweet, innocent children unlike the neurotic Americans here.

  • Anoinette

    This gun issue is so simple – TAX THE SALES OF BULLETS.  A bullet should cost no less than $100.00.

    • Jonathon Solum

      So you are going to tax bullets huh? What you are failing to understand is that criminals will still get the bullets, most likely through theft or other smuggling opperations. All this talk is doing is allowing criminals (who don’t care about bans, taxes, and consequences) have free roam of innocent civilians.  Unfortunately guns are in our culture whether you like it or not, and they are also here to stay.  And saying a bullet should cost no less than $100 you are also saying that you would like the swing of power to go even more into the financially elite group because they can afford it.  Unless you are apart of that group that is a very scary proposition.  An also Anoinette, have some class when posting and actually try to give a reasonable argument instead of typing out a bunch of emotion.  

  • Mananandata69

    God bless this angel. Apparently ,a devil is on a loose

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