A Chicago teen was fatally shot on the city’s South Side Tuesday just one week after performing in Washington, D.C. for President Obama‘s inaugural events, according to the Chicago Tribune. Police believe she was the unintended target in a violent crime just blocks away from her high school.
Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honors student at King College Prep, and a group of friends were hanging out at nearby Vivian Gordon Harsh Park after receiving an early dismissal because of exams. Friends of the slain young woman said that while they don’t usually visit that particular park, the group of 10 to 12 teens had taken shelter under a canopy during a rainstorm.
At approximately 2:20 p.m., witnesses said an unidentified boy or man hopped a fence, opened fire on the group and then fled the scene. Police said most of the individuals in the park were gang members and those in the group did not stay on the scene to help after the shooting.
Pendleton was struck in the back and transported to Comer Children’s Hospital where she later died. Another teen boy was wounded in the attack and was taken to a local hospital.
Friends of Pendleton described the majorette and volleyball player as friendly and sweet, performing at several inaugural events little more than a week ago.
As of Wednesday (Jan. 30), police have few leads on the attacker or the getaway car due to poor cooperation from those in the group. A local resident said the area is great and not known for such tragedies; police crime data show no serious crimes happened in the neighborhood between Dec. 19 and Jan. 20.