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Source: Lisa Balde / NBC Chicago
In the wake of a 15-year-old’s shooting death in Chicago, a petition was started to urge President Barack Obama to attend the girl’s funeral.
Hadiya Pendleton, an honor-roll student who recently performed in events at Obama’s second inauguration, was shot in the back Tuesday afternoon while hanging out with friends in a park about a mile from the president’s Chicago home. Police said the shooting was over gang turf and that Hadiya wasn’t the intended target.
News of her death sparked national outrage as legislators discuss gun reform and comparisons are drawn between local gun violence and the country’s recent massacres.
“As Newtown swirls down the memory hole,” the petition begins. … “President Obama should stand up and take advantage of a tragic opportunity to keep the anti-gun violence movement engaged.”
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