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Girl who performed for Obama shot dead in Chicago

Published on Jan 31, 2013 5:54 AM
 

CHICAGO (AFP) - A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration last week was shot dead in Chicago by a gunman who opened fire on a group of kids hanging out in a park, police said on Wednesday.

"It is believed that the offender mistook the group for gang members and fired at them," Chicago police officer Laura Kubiak told AFP.

Hadiya Pendleton - described by a relative as a "walking angel" - was sheltering from the rain under a canopy with about 10 or 12 other teenagers on Tuesday when the gunman leaped over a fence, opened fire and then jumped into a getaway car at 2.30pm (4.30am Wednesday Singapore time).

Her friends scrambled in fear and did not stay to help Pendleton or the two boys were were also injured, Ms Kubiak said.

 
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