- Post 01 February 2013
- By Associated Press
Chicago police say the reward is now $24,000 in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl who performed at events for President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Chicago police said Thursday that the money is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the death of Hadiya Pendleton. She died Tuesday at a park about a mile from Obama's Chicago home. Police say a gunman opened fire on Hadiya and her group, thinking they were rival gang members. But authorities say that wasn't the case.
The amount of the reward has increased. On Wednesday it was $11,000.
Pendleton appeared in an anti-gang video four years ago.
She is seen telling other students to "say no to gangs and yes to a great future."
Later in the video Hadiya says students should be smart, but "joining a gang isn't a part of it."