Petition drawn up for Obama to attend slain teen`s funeral - New York News

Petition drawn up for Obama to attend slain teen`s funeral

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A petition has been started here in Chicago to ask President Obama to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.

SEE: Pendleton petition on White House website

She was a King College Prep student who was shot to death in Kenwood, just days after the marjorette's band performed at an event leading up to the president's inauguration.

Pendleton and her friends sought shelter from the rain Tuesday afternoon, under a canopy in a park close to the school. She had just finished her exams, and was dreaming of a summer trip to Paris.

Someone opened fire on the group, and Pendleton as fatally shot. Her family is devastated,especially her mother, Cleopatra, her father, Nate and her 10-year-old brother.

PHOTOS: Teen killed 1 week after performing at inaugural events

Pendleton was a girl who seemed to be doing everything right - everything she could to make the foundation for a good life - in a city where gun violence is so prevalent.

Her tragic death made national headlines Wednesday, as Chicago gun and gang violence continues to escalate. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and other national leaders have spoken to the girl's murder, saying something must be done – action must be taken.

SEE: Nation reacts to death of slain teen performer

The Obama administration has a policy that requires the administration to respond to any petition that gets more than 100,000 signatures.

The president issued a statement offering his condolences to the Pendleton family on Wednesday, as he continues to work with Congress on developing gun safety legislation.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:57 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices