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Chicago Teen Shot, Killed Just a Week After Performing at Inauguration

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By Jeff Wilber on January 30, 2013

A 15-year-old girl was shot in Chicago on Tuesday, just one week after she performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington DC.

The girl, Hadiya Pendleton, was fatally shot Tuesday as she huddled with a group of friends under a canopy in Chicago’s Vivian Gordon Harsh Park. Around 2:30 p.m. a man jumped over the park’s fence and ran toward the group, opening fire as he ran. The suspect then got in a car and sped away.

hadiyaPendleton, who was a student at King College Prep High School, is being remembered as an honor student that performed as a majorette in the inaugural parade with the high school’s band.

Lawrence Sellers, 17, was shot in the leg as the group stood under the canopy. Both teens were rushed to the hospital, where Pendleton died and Sellers remains in serious condition.

Police said that they do not believe Pendleton was the intended target in the shooting, but that members of the group she was huddled with did have gang affiliations. It is important to note that Pendleton was not affiliated with a gang. In addition, Chicago police have had a difficult time getting information about the shooting because the group of teens fled the area.

As gun control continues to be debated in Washington, this is the latest of 42 homicides this year in Chicago. According to ABC7, that makes this the bloodiest January in the city since 2002.

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[image via ABC 7 News]

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