A 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities was shot to death Tuesday, just blocks from her school and about a mile from the president's Chicago home.
Hadiya Pendleton died after she was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park, in the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue, at about 2:30 p.m., police said.
The teen belonged to the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington, D.C.
“It was the highlight of her young 15-year-old life,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said at a Senate hearing on gun violence. "Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she’s gone."
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