The Chicago Police Department has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of Hadiya
Pendleton’s murderer to $40,000, The Chicago Tribune reports. It was originally $24,000.
Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on a group of friends she was hanging with after school. She was 15.
“We’ve got a lot of calls coming in,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a press conference. “We have to run down every single one of those tips.”
Chicago mayor Emanuel Rahm called for everyone to work together to protect the “children of the city of Chicago.”
When any young person in our city is gunned down without reason, their death makes an impression on all of us, and it demands action from all of us,” Emanuel said in a press conference. “As we grieve for Hadiya, we need to work together to protect our greatest resource — the children of the city of Chicago.”
Pendleton, who was shot in the back, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. A 16-year-old boy was also shot during the attack.
Pendleton, a sophomore at King College Prep High School, traveled to Washington to perform with her school’s band at President Obama’s inauguration last Tuesday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement calling the shooting a “terrible tragedy.” The Obamas, he said, were praying for Pendleton’s family.
Police are urging anyone with information to call (312) 747-8380.
Check out Pendleton’s anti-violence PSA below
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