Jackson Vows March for Slain Teen

Hadiya Pendleton was shot in Chicago park
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 12:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Jesse Jackson is organizing a march this weekend in remembrance of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen who was killed just days after performing with her school band at President Obama's inauguration. Chicago already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but Jackson says he's hoping to inspire action on other factors that lead to gang violence. "It's not just about gun laws," he said on MSNBC. "It's about gun flow and drug flow and job flow." Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition will participate in the march, as will Rev. Al Sharpton, Politico reports.

Hadiya's shooting is believed to be gang-related, but police say neither the 15-year-old nor anyone she was with had gang ties. Indeed, in sixth grade she even recorded an anti-gang PSA, the Chicago Tribune reports. It's heartbreaking to watch now: "So many children in the world have died from gang violence," another girl in the video tells the camera. "More than 500 children have died from being in the wrong place at the wrong time." (Read more Hadiya Pendleton stories.)

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