Story by Wendell Hutson, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:
BRONZEVILLE — Hadiya Pendleton's parents Nathaniel and Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton said if she were alive today, she would be excited about one day becoming a pharmacist and still telling jokes.
"She would come home telling funny stories about her school," Cowley-Pendleton said. "I can still see her smile and beautiful eyes. She was our angel."
Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Hadiya, a 15-year-old student at King College Prep, who was allegedly killed while hanging out after school at the Vivian Gordon Harsh Park in Kenwood. Michael Ward, 19, and Kenneth Williams, 21, have been charged in her slaying, which police say happened after Ward shot into a crowd hoping to hit a rival gang member.