Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago teen who was gunned down in South Side Chicago’s Harsh Park on Tuesday afternoon after school, appeared in a 2008 anti-gang PSA when she was in the 6th grade.

In the video, titled ‘THINK SMART,’ Hadiya and a classmate share statistics on gang violence and the importance of thinking smart. Other children in the video enact being dead as if shot by a gang member. In unison, the girls inform us that people have been shot for being in the wrong place and the wrong time.

The foreshadowing in that statement, coming from a young girl with her entire life ahead of her, is heartbreaking.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Hadiya performed at the Inauguration of President Obama just over one week ago. The president has not responded to a petition circulating asking that he attend her funeral, but he sent the family his and the First Lady’s condolences through White House spokesperson Jay Carney.

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2 thoughts on “Hadiya Pendleton: Slain Teen Appeared In Anti-Gang PSA [VIDEO]

  1. Honut Sinti on said:

    500 people were killed in Chicago in 2012. Why didn’t the President hold a press conference about that and vow to help to address such a pitiful situation? True, the Newtown masacre was just as hearbreaking. The President needs to democratically offer an observational sweep of the awful gun violence taking place in this country.

  2. Why won’t he attend he went to Newtown, I voted for President Obama but I’m losing faith in him that is his hometown please don’t forget where you come from Mr President. And yes Black parents we need to get our kids and let’s start being parents again if they need to be whip we better do it because if the law get to them they are going to do it. Let’s stand up Black People we are tried of losing our kids to all this senceless killing.

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