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Quinn visits family of murdered student Hadiya Pendleton

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be laid to rest at the end of the week. On Monday, her parents tried to put together words to somehow remember their only daughter for her eulogy.

SEE: Friends recall Hadiya Pendleton's final moments

Pendleton's parents say she was a daddy's girl and mama's angel. They say they'll start the obituary with, "the greatest daughter a man could ever had."

"I miss her pink lips," her mother says. "You know how when your child is born, there's just something that stands out? For me, it was her pink lips and always wanted lip gloss. That's because her mother taught her that."

Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down last Tuesday in the North Kenwood Park. The King College Prep honor student had just finished exams and was hanging out with friends when shots were fired. Pendleton was hit in the back and died a short time later at the hospital. Another student, Lawrence Sellers, was shot in the leg. The gunman is still on the loose. The reward to find him is at $40,000.

"He made my daughter a poster child for gun control now," her father says. "I'd like to make him a poster child for what not to do."

Hadiya was supposed to spend much of the summer in Paris--part of a student exchange program. Instead of finalizing that trip, they're morning her loss.

"I saw a letter in the mail today," her mother says. "So that broke me down again today and right next to it---all the letters 'I'm sorry for your loss.'"

Hadiya Pendleton's death has caught the eye of the nation, sparking more conversations and debate about gangs and gun violence in Chicago. Pendleton's murder last week marked the 42nd homicide this year in city.

SEE: Haidya Pendleton: Community asks witnesses to come forward

FOX 32 News cameras were there when Governor Pat Quinn extended his condolences to her parents.

On Monday, students marched from Hadiya Pendleton's high school to Harsh Park, where she was murdered.

The kids who marched didn't know Hadiya and don't even go to her school, but marched in the cold nonetheless, to keep up the spotlight on the city's violence problem.

Some of these students said they're afraid to step out of their homes and that they risk their lives every day just to go to school.

Hadiya's funeral is Saturday at a church on the South Side.

Chicago police say they have a number of tips coming in. Detectives are still working this case, but they need information from someone who has inside information.

 

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