Let Us Pray: Hadiya Pendleton, Teen Performer At Obama Inauguration Shot To Death In Chicago Park [WATCH VIDEO BELOW]
Hadiya was hanging out with her volleyball team at Harsh Park after taking exams Tuesday afternoon. About a dozen teens had taken shelter under a canopy during a rainstorm when a boy or man jumped a fence in the park, ran toward them and opened fire around 2:20 p.m., police said.Hadiya was wounded in the back and a 16-year-old boy — also a student at King — was shot in the leg, police said. The attacker got into an auto and fled, police said.
No arrests have been reported.Today, Hadiya’s family was inside their South Side home exchanging stories about her quirks and sense of humor.Kimiko Pettis, Hadiya’s 32-year-old aunt, laughed when she talked about her niece’s goofy personality. “We really miss her,” Pettis said. “She was a remarkable young lady and such a great asset to our family.”Hadiya was a busy but lighthearted teen, always trying to get a laugh from her family.
Just Tuesday, she put on what she thought was a “fabulous outfit” and make-up before school.”She popped out of the bathroom saying. ‘I’m ready!’ ” Pettis said, throwing her arms in the air. read more