Family Of Slain Chicago Teen Welcomes Gun Control Debate

Source: CNN

Chicago – The family of a Chicago teenager killed just a week after she performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration supports using her death to help shape the debate over gun control, her father and godfather said Thursday.

“Yes, definitely,” Hadiya Pendleton’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton, said on CNN’s “Early Start.”

Pendleton, 15, an honor student and band majorette at Kings College Prep School, died Tuesday after a gunman shot her at a park in what her godfather, Damon Stuart, described as an “ideal community” on Chicago’s South Side.

Police have told CNN affiliates that the teenager had no gang affiliation and likely was not the intended target.

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