KILLED: Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back while standing with friends in a Chicago park
A 15-YEAR-OLD honors student, who performed at President Obama's inaugural events last week, has been fatally shot in Chicago.
Hadiya Pendleton had been let out early from school on Tuesday (Jan 29) after an exam and was standing under a canopy in a South Side park to escape the rain when she was shot in the back.
Police have said that there were gang members in the park, but have said that Hadiya was not a gang member.
They believe she was an 'unintended target' when the gunman ran to the park and opened fire at 2.20pm. He is believed to have then jumped into a waiting car and drove away.
A witness said around 10 students in the park scattered when a man opened fire. Hadiya and another teen collapsed a block away in front of one of the upscale homes lining Oakenwalk Avenue.
The shooting occurred just a few blocks from the teenagers' school, King College Prep, and a mile from the Chicago home of President Obama, neighbours said.
Another student from her school was shot in the leg and is in serious condition in hospital. He has been identified by friends as 17-year-old Lawrence Sellers, DNAinfo reported.
Hadiya, a sophomore at King's, had attended the inauguration and performed at inaugural events with the school band and the Majorettes dance team, the Chicago Tribune reported.