Chicago Teen's Shooting Called Gang-War Mistake
Hadiya Pendleton was in 'wrong place at wrong time': police
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2013 6:37 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2013 7:46 AM CST
This undated family photo provided by Damon Stewart shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart)

(Newser) – The Chicago teen who was killed days after performing in President Obama's inauguration may have simply been in the "wrong place at the wrong time," Chicago's police superintendent says, calling the shooting a matter of "mistaken identity." The shooting, police believe, was part of a turf war among gangs, but Hadiya Pendleton herself had no gang links—nor, it appears, did any of those with her that day. The gunman, however, seemed to confuse the group with gang members. In other details from the case:

  • Hadiya was a band majorette at the elite King College Prep; she hoped to go to Northwestern University, the Chicago Tribune reports.
  • A friend of Hadiya rejects reports that the teen's friends abandoned her as they ran. "A man came up and shot at us about five times," the friend tells the Chicago Sun-Times. "We were running at about the same pace, and Hadiya said: ‘I think I got shot,’ and slowed, then fell." A nurse who lived nearby arrived on the scene. "She told me to hold Hadiya’s hand, and I had her head in my lap," the friend said.
  • There were no bullet casings on the scene, suggesting the shooter may have used a revolver. Officers are offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to the shooter's arrest, adds the Christian Science Monitor.
  • "This guy, whoever he was, the gunman ... you took the light of my life," says dad Nathaniel Pendleton. "Just look at yourself and just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a non-violent person."
  • The shooting prompted Telemundo to ask President Obama whether tight gun control laws like Chicago's really worked. "The problem is that a huge proportion of those guns come in from outside Chicago," he said, per the Tribune.

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Feb 1, 2013 2:24 AM CST
bmoc, where are you? The other Newser article about this is gone, so hopefully you will read this. Let me say, I respect your intelligence, and you were certainly a big man on campus. But I don't know how long ago you went to school; my son's school (admittedly a Christian private school) was much tougher academically than the public school I went to, and other schools in general, and has been called a "very rigorous prep school" by university admissions. But other kids I know who went to public schools and were in marching bands (especially one who performed in the Rose Parade) was practicing from 6;30 a.m. and again after school and Saturdays. My boy's girlfriend was the drum major in her senior year at another public high school and was very, very busy with this. That aside, this little girl Hadiya sounds like a good, hardworking kid, just in the wrong place at the wrong time, growing up in a bad environment. I feel sympathy for her and her family, and I hope you do too.
Jan 31, 2013 7:05 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... Knowing from past experiences concerning gang-bangers .. the criminal gang-bangers use girls and school-children to carry their guns and drugs, and as 'runners' making deliveries, and that's why you'll always find girls and school-children with the gang-bangers. --- The girls and school-children who carry the guns and drugs, and are also the gang-bangers Ho's, are always close by in case the gang-banger needs them. --- In NYC where the cops cut the gun violence in half by sending those possessing a gun to a 3 to 5 years mandatory prison term, the girls and school-children become more needed, in carrying the drugs and guns for them. THE REALITY ..... These girls and school-children will sometimes be the victims in gang-banger gang related shootings. --- No matter what Al Sharpton, the NAACP, and the Urban League says, the truth is, if the 'innocent' girls and school-children weren't carrying the guns, drugs, and helping the gang-bangers in their illegal activities, they wouldn't have gotten killed. --- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, these gang-bangers, girls, and school-children have nothing to do, but 'play' gang-banger, and 'play' with the gang-bangers all day. TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The street corners, parks, and boys clubs, are the gang-bangers stores. --- Just like stores everywhere, you can get drugs, guns, boys and girls, for your pleasure. --- The gang-bangers fight over these 'stores' and the girls and school-children sometimes get killed. --- They also give sex to the gang-banger pimps and the customers. --- Innocent? --- How does 'one' describe innocent? --- Blame who for their choice of lifestyles? BLAME WHO? ...... Blame the guns? .. the Drugs? ... or the pimps? .... Or the gang-bangers who will kill them for their turf? ... drugs? ... guns? ... and Ho's? --- The gang-banger killings, are the results of defending or the taking of the other gang-banger 'stores' .. and the profits from the selling of guns, drugs, and Ho's. ------------- REALLY
Jan 31, 2013 4:42 PM CST
typical coon behavior