Chicago honors student shot, killed 1 week after attending Obama inauguration

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Hadiya Pendleton

CHICAGO (FOX32 News) — A week after attending presidential inauguration festivities in the nation’s capital and with dreams of a summer trip to Paris swirling in her 15-year-old imagination, Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in the South Side’s Kenwood neighborhood.

Police say Hadiya was shot in the back at a neighborhood park about 2:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald. She had just finished taking her exams at King College Prep. A teen boy was shot in the leg and taken to Comer’s Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

When FOX 32’s Darlene Hill exclusively asked Hadiya’s mother what she would say to the shooter, she replied with an emphatic, “Shame on you.”

“Shame on you,” Cleopatra Pendleton said, “What were you thinking, pulling a gun on children?”

“As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose,” said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, 36, Hadiya ‘s godfather. “I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”

Stewart said Hadiya was a terrific student who had dreams of becoming a doctor or a lawyer.

The shooting happened about three blocks from King, where Hadiya attended high school, played on the volleyball team and was a majorette with the band. The park where she was killed is a little less than a mile from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home.

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