White House, Politicians React To Hadiya Pendleton Shooting Death

Source: Los Angeles Times

Last week, the high school sophomore performed as a majorette at his inauguration in Washington. On Tuesday, she was gunned down in a park  a mile from Obama’s home on Chicago’s South Side.

By Wednesday, as word of Hadiya’s death rippled around the country, an official petition cropped up asking that Obama and his family return to their hometown to attend the girl’s funeral. 

“The president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton,” White House spokesmanJay Carney said Wednesday. When reporters asked Carney about the petition, he said he hadn’t heard about it yet and didn’t have any scheduling updates.

After taking final exams Tuesday, 15-year-old Hadiya and other students headed to a nearby park, where they took shelter under a canopy to avoid a downpour. A gunman rushed toward them and started shooting, police said. Officers called Hadiya an “unintended target.”

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