Bronzeville Community To Hold Peace Party To Honor Hadiya Pendleton, Other Victims

Andy Dahn
May 31, 2018 - 10:12 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Saturday is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and a gathering in the Bronzeville neighborhood will honor the victim of a 2013 shooting.

After she was shot and killed, friends of Hadiya Pendleton helped start the "Wear Orange" campaign.

"They used the color orange to symbolize a signaling from hunters like, 'don't shoot me,'" said Cleopatra Pendleton. "They wanted to figure out something to do to remember her and inspire others to not shoot."

Her daughter would have turned 21 on Saturday. That's when the community will gather in Hadiya Pendleton Park to raise awareness and honor victims of gun violence.

"Gun violence doesn't just affect one person, one people, one family," Pendleton told CBS-2. "We've lost generations, because of the death of our daughter. It continues to happen. The scale gets larger and larger. It's ridiculous."

The trial of two reputed gang members, charged in Pendleton's murder, is set to begin in August.