More Tragedy: Chicago Teen Killed After Performing In Pres. Obama’s Inaugural Parade

January 30, 2013  |  


Just two days ago, I was writing about the mother who lost her fourth and last child to gun violence in Chicago. Unfortunately, today’s story is not all that different. Fifteen year old Hadiya Pendleton, a sophomore, was gunned down yesterday afternoon after she left school. Just last week Pendleton and her classmates were performing at President Obama’s inaugural parade with her band and drill team.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pendleton who attended King College Prep, one of Chicago Public School’s top 10 selective enrollment programs, was dismissed from school early after taking exams all day. Deviating from what was believed to be her normal schedule, Pendleton and a group of her friends went to a park blocks from her school. It was raining so Pendleton and her friends took shelter under a nearby canopy. That’s when, the police say, a boy or man jumped the fence, ran toward the group and started shooting. Afterward he got in a car and left.

A couple of other students were taken to the hospital with injuries. In addition to the group of Pendleton’s friends, there were several gang members in the park at the time. When the police arrived on the scene, the people who remained were uncooperative with their investigation.

Students, some of whom described Pendleton, a majorette and volleyball player, as warm and friendly, surrounded the hospital along with her parents.

**Update** The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a  presidential spokesperson spoke out about the tragedy:

Presidential spokeman Jay Carney, asked about Hadiya’s death, said it was a “terrible tragedy” any time a young person is struck down “with so much of their life ahead of them.”“The president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton,” he said. “All of our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”


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  • Char

    What Grammar School did Hadiya graduate from? She and my daughter are both Sophmores, the same age and attended Provl St. Mel. May heart goes out to her family. Tears come to my eyes each time I think about her. May God keep his comforting arms around Hadiya’s family and friends, my prayers are with you all.

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  • kierah

    According to the update I read, the group of friends may have been mistaken by a rival gang by the shooter.

    My grandfather told my dad when he was a teenager not to hang around when the group you’re with reaches 5 people. After that, break off independently. Cops may see you and think you’re a gang, inviting harassment. Gangs may see you and think you are a gang, inviting an ambush. This was Canarsie Brooklyn in the 1950s.

    Sorry to say we haven’t progressed in our neighborhoods. Why can’t decent people just live in peace without having to worry about someone rolling up on you and taking your life? Our children are paying the price for our apathy. I am damn mad about this loss and I want to do something about it.

  • GeekMommaRants

    My condolences to the family of this angel! Stop & Frisk just got popular. Gun ban now unpopular.

  • Sagittarius81

    My nephew went to grammar school with her and graduated a year before she did and he told me she was real smart and popular and is saddened by her death. Plus I heard this on the news last night and my heart goes out to her parents, no parent should lose a child to these senseless violence.

    • Babydoll 70

      You are right, no parent should have to lose a child. Period. Prayers for her family and friends.

  • Melissa

    Someone needs to I something..someone needs to do something? Who? Me, you? The cops, national guard, community leaders, pastors? Who is this person that needs to do something? The only peron/people that can do something is the parents of these thugs. They aren’t renting houses, apartments their parents are. Go thru you child’s bedroom. Check for drugs, guns, gang affiliation material. You know your child is a problem, burying your head in the sand and yelling for someone to do something is only masking the issues

    • Guest

      We all need to do something they’re killing innocent children I hate this no snitching crap. I’f I see you i’m telling on you . I’m not going to leave you out here to hurt me or one of mine. It’s crazy how people know the truth and do nothing about it until it happens to someone in their family or someone they know then they want everybody to tell. We have to stop be afraid of helping one another and start standing up and protecting our kids and our community . I swear I just can’t take another story about some innocent child being killed.

      • Melissa

        Hello! Yes that’s exactly what I’m saying. No one wants to snitch until it happens to one of their loved ones. My points exactly. Ty!

  • al

    this is as far as this will go, if it were little white kids the media would be all over this. if blacks dont care about each other why should the rest of the world.

    • nessa

      I find this wrong in so many ways my kids are mixed and ive taught them we all the same and not true tha if they.were.white it wud be all over I know two white girls tha have never been found and was never on. The news ect..and the police told there mom that she had to wait 48 hrs before they cud do anything wat u said just sounds racist…

      • Candacey Doris

        But let me ask you, did you hear about this on the news? No? Neither did i. The type of neighborhood you’re in and who you are matters to the media.

        • I am from Wisconsin and I heard about this murder. Sometimes it is regional news.

        • kierah

          I’m from NY and it has been in our papers – with updates! The Obama angle helped the story get out. And it is on the national news websites.

          • Candacey Doris

            I just saw it in my local news today. So it takes time. But maybe news like this should be reported when it is news, hm?

        • Ashley Pendleton

          they family lives in the same neighborhood where the President’s residence is…

    • Ashley Pendleton

      while you say this, you do realize that the President and the Senate has mentioned my little cousin…i live in Texas and have soror’s calling and texting me bc they recognize the name from the news. I understand you may have had had good intentions but this was way out there before MN got ahold of it.

  • Black wifey

    This is so sad, I’m sorry for the family’s loss.

    These gang members want to shot a gun so bad. Then enlist in the ARMY, take your behind to the Middle East. They shot all day everyday over there.

  • sabrina

    Hearing stories like this truly hurts my heart. RIP Hadiyah and my condolences to her family. </3

  • Meyaka

    I swear I want to round all these gang menbers and execute them! I’m so angry right now…

    • Sagittarius81

      Let me help and I live in Chicago!

      • Meyaka

        Please protect yourself and yours and be careful. If it wasn’t a crime nonetheless I would take those animals out myself…

  • Dee

    Something needs to be done in Chicago the violence out there is ridiculous. Someone needs to step up and take action, every other day I read a post about a child being shot. When will enough be enough? Rest in paradise baby girl.

  • Meyaka

    Oh my God….. I am so sorry for the families and for hadiyah , what is it going to take to stop this heartache? …

  • guest5

    Prayers go out to the family. Action needs to be taken in CHI. The community leaders and gov’t officials need to do SOMETHING! Why have officials if they are not going to do anything? It seems like the city wants the beat their record from last year regarding the number homicides. Very sad!

  • Naija81

    This is terrible.

  • B


    Gun violence is how we as people are becoming extinct. To know that she had her whole life ahead of her, and people took a code of silence, just goes to show that in many neighborhoods, community is dead and replaced by a war-zone.

  • bluekissess

    This is ridiculous.

  • Ashley

    Our family truly appreciates you all shedding light on this trajedy at the moment. Hadiyah was my younger cousin and i know she will always be missed.

    • I’m so sorry for your terrible loss…..prayers & blessings for your family….

    • Meyaka

      I am so sorry for your lost Ashley, I will pray for you today. E-hugs.

    • Guest

      So sorry for your loss may she rest in peace.

    • Sevn

      God bless you and your family Ashley