CHICAGO - The godfather of a 15-year-old girl who was killed when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people in Chicago says she was a terrific student who had dreams of becoming a doctor or a lawyer.
Damon Stewart says Hadiya Pendleton, a sophomore at King College Prep High School, had been so excited about a trip to Washington, D.C., where she performed with her school's marching band the at some of President Barack Obama's inauguration events.
Police say there is no indication that Hadiya was the gunman's intended target in the shooting Tuesday on Chicago's notoriously rough South Side.
Hadiya's death raises fresh concerns about gun violence. Last year the number of Chicago homicides topped 500 and there have already been more homicides in the city in January -- 42 -- than in any January in more than a decade.