A Chicago teen who recently performed with her high school's band and drill team at President Obama's inauguration was fatally shot Tuesday, USA Today reports.
Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was with her friends at a park just 1 mile away from President Obama's Chicago residence when an unidentified gunman jumped a fence and ran at the group while firing his weapon. Pendleton, along with two of her friends, were shot before the gunman left the scene in a car.
It is believed that the gunman fired at the teens thinking they were members of a rival gang Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a press conference Wednesday. Community groups are offering $11,000 to anyone who has information about the gunman's identity,
News of the shooting reached to Washington D.C., where gun control advocates including Illinois Senator Richard Durbin brought up Pendleton's story as a call to action against rising gun violence.
Pendleton is remembered as a "generous" girl with a bright smile, who was inspired by her trip to the inauguration and Obama's similar roots as an African American from Chicago, the New York Times reports. Obama spokesman Jay Carney responded to the shooting, calling it a "terrible tragedy."
Pendleton's death is the forty second reported homicide in Chicago this year, following five hundred in 2012, the most in the city since 2002.