JANUARY 30: Nate Pendleton comforts his wife Cleopatra as they listen to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speak at a press conference in a neighborhood park where their daughter Hadiya Pendleton was killed on in Chicago, Illinois.
Fifteen-year-old Hadiya was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire in the park earlier this week while she was hanging out with friends on the warm rainy afternoon under a shelter in the park. The honor student was a majorette in her high school band and recently performed in Washington, D.C. during the Presidential Inauguration. President Obama’s Chicago home is less than a mile from the park where Hadiya was killed. Another person was wounded in the leg during the shooting.
In Chicago alone, 42 people have been murdered since the beginning of the year and in 2012, 506 people were slain in the city.
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