A vigil was held Saturday night to remember the life if Hadiya Pendleton that was tragically lost just a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Marching to the park where she was killed, family and friends gathered to mark the life of 15-year-old, lighting candles and releasing balloons.
ABC Local reports:
The gathering was sometimes emotional, but mostly somber as the group of teenagers reflected on their loss.
They gathered to share memories and offer each other support. Most of those at Saturday night’s vigil were former classmates of Hadiya, the teenager shot and killed last Tuesday while hanging out with friends from King College Prep’s volleyball team in Kenwood’s Harsh Park.
Earlier in the day, another gathering occurred at the park as several of members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition marched from Hadiya’s high school while Hadiya’s cousin spoke out, calling on whoever is shielding the shooter to turn him in.
Shatira Wilks said:
“What kind of person are you?”
“I don’t believe there should be any level of privilege for this person as our family has not had any. The biggest concern is calling in. Don’t be afraid.”
We hope justice is served and more info on the shooter comes forwards. Our prayers and condolences are with the friends and family of Hadiya Pendleton.