Hadiya Pendleton, honor student and dreamer, was shot and killed at the age of 15.
On January 29, 2013, after finishing her final exams, sophomore Hadiya Pendleton went to Chicago’s Vivian Gordon Harsh Park with her friends. Soon after, an assailant opened fire on the group. Hadiya was shot in the back and died. The accused mistook the group as for a rival gang. In the wake of this tragedy, her parents Nate and Cleopatra Pendleton founded Hadiya’s Promise, an initiative meant to address gun violence with a focus on violence prevention and intervention for youth.
The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act (“Youth PROMISE Act”) would further Nate and Cleopatra’s work. By addressing the root causes of gun violence, the Act hopes to ensure that young people will make it home from school safe and live out the promise of their dreams. Learn more