Hadiya Pendleton Remembered As Someone Who ‘Wanted To Change The World’

Source: Renita D. Young / theGrio

CHICAGO — Nearly two weeks after the death of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton became the face of Chicago gun violence and re-charged a national debate on gun control reform, hundreds of family, friends and dignitaries gathered to mourn her loss and pay their last respects.

News of Pendleton’s Jan. 29 murder shook the nation. The majorette was fresh off of a trip to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration where she and her band performed. With the world as her oyster, Pendleton had all of the hope, dreams and aspirations that a bright teenager could have, family and friends said of her. But her life was cut short from what Chicago police say was a case of mistaken identity.

Pendleton’s mother Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton said her last “goodbyes” along with hundreds of people, including first lady Michelle Obama.

“This is something I wouldn’t wish on my worse enemy,” she told theGrio a few days before her daughter’s funeral. “I have this empty, hollow space in my heart and sometimes, I just can’t move past it.”

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