A week after she performed at festivities during President Obama's inauguration, a 15-year-old majorette was shot dead in Chicago.
Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.
Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.
"As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose," said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, 36, Hadiya 's godfather. "I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken."
Police do not believe Hadiya was the intended target of the shooting. A teenage boy was shot in the leg. Police did not release his name.
Hadiya belonged to the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington, D.C. She was remembered by friends as a lover of books.
Two other men died Tuesday and at least eight others wounded by gunfire, the report said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report