LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Hadiya Pendleton is dead in a random shooting. Hadiya Pendleton was a student who had just performed in President Obama’s inaugural 2013 ceremony. Police confirm that Hadiya was shot dead by random gunfire in the Chicago area Tuesday afternoon.
Hadiya Pendleton just days ago performed with her King College Prep High School band for President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in Washington. But on Tuesday, she was fatally shot.
Officials tell news that rain was moving into the area midday yesterday. Hadiya, 15, was spending time at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park with friends. Around her were a group of roughly twelve fellow students.
But shortly after 2:30 pm, for reasons still unknown, a person jumped a fence, ran toward the teens, and began opening fire. Hadiya died roughly an hour later. Another teen was shot in the leg and remains hospitalized at Comer Children’s Hospital today.
No arrests have yet to be made. A resident tells local news “We hardly … have any crime. There’s been a few break-ins over the past two years since we’ve been here, but nothing that’s ever caused alarm.”