A 15-year-old honors student who performed at Obama's inaugural events in Washington D.C. last week has been fatally shot in a park just blocks from the president's Chicago home.
Hadiya Pendleton had been let out early from school on Tuesday after an exam and was huddling under a canopy in a South Side park to escape the rain when she was shot in the back.
A witness said around 10 students in the park scattered when a man opened fire. Hadiya and another teen collapsed a block away in front of one of the upscale homes lining Oakenwalk Avenue.
'It's very painful to see your big sister get slaughtered,' ten-year-old Nathaniel Pendleton Jr. told the Chicago Tribune about Hadiya's death, as tributes flooded in for the popular star student.