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Girl who performed at Obama's inauguration shot dead in Chicago

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Dunno if this has been posted, but I just saw this:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/30/16771949-girl-who-performed-at-obamas-inauguration-shot-dead-in-chicago?lite

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's inauguration last week was shot dead Tuesday while hanging out with friends in bullet-scarred Chicago.

Hadiya Pendleton -- described by a relative as a "walking angel" -- was standing under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park when a gunman ran down an alley, opened fire at the group and fled in a white car, police said.

Pendleton was shot in the back but managed to run about a block before she collapsed, officer Laura Kubiak said. She died at the hospital.

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in the 2:20 p.m. incident. Police said Pendleton, who had no criminal record, was probably not the intended target.

"As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose," the victim's godfather, Damon Stewart, 36, who is a police officer, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken."

A sophomore at selective King College Prep High School, Pendleton had traveled to Washington to perform with the marching band at inaugural events, NBCChicago.com reported.

Friends of the young majorette described her as a bubbly, well-liked student.

"She was always smiling and laughing," said Tyler Genovesi, 14. "She was just a really nice person. ... There's a lot of people crying in school today. It's very sad. The band is playing for her right now."

On Twitter, Pendleton's schoolmates were decrying the loss of innocent life.

"You are more than loved and missed," one wrote. "Your laugh smile and silly happy personality has made my day more times than I can remember. Nobody deserves this, especially not you."

The shooting happened in an upscale neighborhood where residents were shocked.

"I was torn apart," said Robin Hollis, who lives across the street from the park. "I cried when I heard about it."

Cousin Shatira Wilks told the Sun-Times that Pendleton's family had been thinking of moving to the suburbs, to "an even better community."

"Her daughter has never ever given her mother a problem," Wilks said. "This girl was literally a walking angel."

Pendleton's murder was one of three shooting deaths in the city on Tuesday. More than 40 people have been shot dead in Chicago since the beginning of the year. The city leads the nation in guns seized by police.

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Apples to oranges. 

And it's just my opinion. I had a family member who joined a gang and it was nothing but pain and suffering for his mom from then on.

Quoting talia-mom:

They are already committing crimes.   How does criminalizing being a gang change what they are doing?

It doesn't.   Maybe you wish to ignore the Constitution but I don't.

Would you like it if they just decided to ignore the amendment giving women the right to vote because people like you think we can just ignore parts we don't like?


Quoting Citygirlk:

When I see a gang doing things other than killing people selling drugs and commiting other violent acts ill change my mind until then I think it should be a crime. Nothing good has ever come out of someone being in a gang, all does it cause people pain.

Quoting talia-mom:

A sense of belonging.   Criminalizing associations should never happen.

Send them to prison for life for these crimes they are committing while in a gang, but never criminalize being in one.



Quoting Citygirlk:

What good comes from being in a gang?



Quoting talia-mom:

It wouldn't change a damn thing.   It is already illegal to kill people.  Think making a gang illegal would make a difference?   Once you start down that slippery slope of changing your freedoms, it never comes back.




Quoting Citygirlk:

Its just my opionion, I think it would helo a hell of a lot with the violence we have in thid country.





Quoting talia-mom:

It should not be illegal to be in a gang.   There is something called freedom of association.





Quoting Citygirlk:

I was just saying this ther other to dh, being in a gang should be illegal. We should have to wait for someone todie to go after these people.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

We need a plan for Gang Control, not gun control.  This is one of the most serious issues in our country today, and yet everyone just ignores it.

















talia-mom
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

It's not apples and oranges.   You want to violate the Constitution.

Maybe they decide you can't vote because you are a woman or black.    It's the same thing.   It violates the constitution.


Quoting Citygirlk:

Apples to oranges. 

And it's just my opinion. I had a family member who joined a gang and it was nothing but pain and suffering for his mom from then on.

Quoting talia-mom:

They are already committing crimes.   How does criminalizing being a gang change what they are doing?

It doesn't.   Maybe you wish to ignore the Constitution but I don't.

Would you like it if they just decided to ignore the amendment giving women the right to vote because people like you think we can just ignore parts we don't like?


Quoting Citygirlk:

When I see a gang doing things other than killing people selling drugs and commiting other violent acts ill change my mind until then I think it should be a crime. Nothing good has ever come out of someone being in a gang, all does it cause people pain.

Quoting talia-mom:

A sense of belonging.   Criminalizing associations should never happen.

Send them to prison for life for these crimes they are committing while in a gang, but never criminalize being in one.



Quoting Citygirlk:

What good comes from being in a gang?



Quoting talia-mom:

It wouldn't change a damn thing.   It is already illegal to kill people.  Think making a gang illegal would make a difference?   Once you start down that slippery slope of changing your freedoms, it never comes back.




Quoting Citygirlk:

Its just my opionion, I think it would helo a hell of a lot with the violence we have in thid country.





Quoting talia-mom:

It should not be illegal to be in a gang.   There is something called freedom of association.





Quoting Citygirlk:

I was just saying this ther other to dh, being in a gang should be illegal. We should have to wait for someone todie to go after these people.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

We need a plan for Gang Control, not gun control.  This is one of the most serious issues in our country today, and yet everyone just ignores it.



















jennipherann
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Wow, my heart breaks for this poor child. I pray for her family and friends.

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