Teenager who performed at Barack Obama’s second inauguration is shot dead in Chicago
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Wednesday 30 January 2013
A Chicago teenager who performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration was killed yesterday in a daylight shooting at a park on the city’s notorious South Side.
Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was murdered a week after appearing in the King College Prep school drill team at the inauguration in Washington DC. Police said it was unlikely she was the gunman’s intended target. A 16-year-old boy was also shot in the attack, but survived.
Chicago’s homicide rate soared to 506 in 2012. Mr Obama’s home town had already seen 40 murders reported in January before Tuesday’s shooting.
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