Friday, February 1, 2013
Teen Shot Dead After Obama Inauguration Performance
A happy 15-year-old who performed at the president's inauguration becomes the public face of America's gun crime capital Chicago.
The marching band member who took part in Barack Obama's inaugural celebrations has been shot dead in Chicago.
Police said Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back on Tuesday in a South Side park. She was taken to hospital, where she died.
The student was one of a dozen teens taking shelter under a canopy during heavy rain when a man jumped over a fence, ran towards the group and started shooting.
He reportedly fled the scene in a car, and no arrests have been made. The park is just a mile from the president's Chicago home.
Police do not believe Hadiya was the intended target of the shooting. An unnamed teenage boy was also shot in the leg.
Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy said the gunman may be a member of a gang that considers the park its territory, and that he mistakenly thought one of the teens was from a rival gang.
Hadiya was a member of the King College Prep High School marching band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington DC.