Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student who performed at President Obama’s inaugural events, was fatally shot in Chicago just blocks away from her school on Tuesday.
Pendleton along with about a dozen other teens were taking cover from the rain at a local park at 2:30 p.m. when a gunman jumped the fence and opened fire. The students had been dismissed from school early due to exams. Witnesses say that after the shots were fired, the teens went running in all directions and Pendleton and a 16-year-old boy were both hit and collapsed about a block away.
Both victims were taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Pendleton was shot once in the back and died, the boy remains in serious condition. According to reports, many of the teens with Pendleton are believed to be gang members.