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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

15 Year Old Hadiya Pendleton who performed at some of President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration shot dead


Hadiya Pendleton @WinnieDimps_45/Twitter
Hadiya Pendleton @WinnieDimps_45/TwitterHadiya Pendleton was fatally shot in the back when a gunman opened fire in park near elite South Side in Chicago January 29, 2013. Photo from Twitter profile.
 15year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago amid the city’s deadliest January in more than a decade.
Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.
Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.
Police do not believe Hadiya was the intended target of the shooting. A teenage boy was shot in the leg. Police did not release his name.
Hadiya belonged to the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington, D.C. She also played volleybal for the school
According to the Chicago Tribune, the group of teenagers shot at are not cooperating with police.
The newspaper says 42 Chicagoans have been killed this month, the deadliest January since 2002.
Chicago had 500 murders in 2012. Comparatively, Toronto, a city of similar size, had 54 homicides in 2012. New York, with three times the population of Chicago, only had 418 homicides in 2012 — its lowest total since the city began keeping track of the grim statistic in the early 1960s.
AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s former Chief of Staff, has been undertaking a number of gun control measures, including asking TD Bank to stop lending money to gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.
“TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60-million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 — an assault weapon that was used by James Holmes to kill 12 people and wound 58 in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora,” Emanuel’s letter to TD CEO Bharat Masrani states. “I ask you to use your influence to push this company to find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban and comprehensive background checks.”
Gun control is the hot button issue before the U.S. Congress, as Obama has pledged a crackdown on gun violence, including an assault rifle ban and limiting the size of magazines, following a number of high-profile shootings in the U.S.
National Post
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