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Hadiya Pendleton @WinnieDimps_45/Twitter

Hadiya Pendleton @WinnieDimps_45/Twitter

A 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago amid the city’s deadliest January in more than a decade.

Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.

Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.

Police do not believe Hadiya was the intended target of the shooting. A teenage boy was shot in the leg. Police did not release his name.

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Hadiya belonged to the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events in Washington, D.C. She also played volleybal for the…

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