A bright young and talented teen, Hadiya was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in a South Side Chicago park, not too far from the president’s old stomping grounds.
Obama expressed his condolences to the family of the victim Wednesday with a one lineer via the White House press. “The president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton.”
He has yet to publicly and directly address her death or the Chicago violence in an aggressive manner.
As a result, members of the community are circulating a petition (created on the White House website), urging the importance of the president’s presence at the teen’s funeral.
Check out the petition here.
A member of the King Band drill team, she traveled to D.C. for the president’s second inauguration.
Family, friends, and community members have spoken out against the senseless violence.
The city’s mayor reacted, calling her death a loss to the city.
“She had dreams…And these – this gang-banger, this punk – took that away from [her mother] Cleopatra, they took it away from Hadiya and, in my view, they took it away from the city of Chicago…A child going to school, who takes a final exam, who had just been to inaugural,” said an emotional Emanuel. “And I think if anybody has any information, you are not a snitch, you’re a citizen. You’re a good citizen in good standing if you help.”
Read more about the tragedy here.