February 1, 2013
Charles Arbogast photo

Cleopatra Pendelton cries as she talks with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy before a news conference seeking help from the public in solving the murder of Pendelton’s daughter Hadiya Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Chicago. Hadiya, 15, who had performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities, was killed in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. The city’s 42nd slaying is part of Chicago’s bloodiest January in more than a decade, following on the heels of 2012, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. It also comes at a time when Obama, spurred by the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December, is actively pushing for tougher gun laws.

 
 
 
 

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