Russell Simmons is seeking support from the Hip Hop community to never forget the loss of Hadiya Pendleton to senseless violence.
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.
Simmons took to Twitter to ask followers to remember Pendleton’s name.
“From inauguration to the morgue in 8 days. We must remember 15 year old Hadiya Pendleton.
“15 yr old girl who performed at inauguration was shot dead in Chicago. pls remember her name: Hadiya Pendleton,” he wrote.
Fellow Hip Hop artists retweeted Simmons’ message, including Bun-B, Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Raekwon.
Twista is the latest Hip Hop artist to express his opposition to the senseless violence claiming the lives of countless urban youths.
The “Make A Movie” rapper took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton.
“this s--- gotta stop!! One week after attending inaugural, teen fatally shot,” he wrote.
Twista said he would dedicate his social media pages to bring awareness and justice for Pendleton
“I am dedicating all my social sites in her memory, hopefully this will bring aware and justice,” he wrote.
Newly signed Interscope artists L.E.P Bogus Boys also took to Twitter to mourn the death of Pendleton.
“A young angel was killed today on 43rd! I think she was 15 I really wish that never happened. My soul mourn for her.
“How can you sleep if you killed a little girl apparently you didn’t get who you want but you took a girl life,” the duo said in a statement via Twitter.
Community residents are organizing a march for slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendlton in hopes of finding her killer.
Community resident Mavric Johnson told DNAinfo.com the march start today at noon at King College Prep, the school Pendleton attended.
“We’re going to go through the neighborhood and pass out flyers to catch this murderer,” Johnson said, according to DNAinfo.com. “We want to keep it fresh every day so they know we’re looking for them.”
The community will lead a march to Vivian Gordon Harsh Park to hold a vigil. They will also go door-to-door to pass out fliers to help them in their mission to bring Pendleton’s killer to justice.
The Chicago Police Department has set the bounty for any information leading to the arrest of Hadiya Pendleton’s killer at $24,000.
Hadiya 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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