Hadiya Pendleton, all of 15 years old, was gunned down at a park in Chicago
As Congress holds a much-anticipated hearing on gun control, there was a disturbing reminder that gun violence in America never takes a break. It's been reported that Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago, was gunned down on Tuesday, just days after she performed with her school band at President Obama's inauguration. Pendleton — an honors student, volleyball player, and majorette at King College Prep — was shot at a park just blocks away from her school.
According to reports, Pendleton was among 12 teenagers who had taken shelter from the rain under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park. An unidentified gunman then jumped the park's fence and allegedly opened fire. In addition to Pendleton, who later died from her wounds, a teenage boy was shot and is currently in serious condition at the hospital.
Details of the incident remain unclear, though initial reports suggest that Pendleton was not the primary target of the attack.
Since the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, more than 1,400 people have been killed in gun violence across the country.
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