As the nation’s anger over the latest senseless gang-styled murder of an innocent Chicago teen with a bright future continues, a $40,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who pulled the trigger, according to a Fox News report on Wednesday. Initially, $11,000 was reported as the reward, and by Friday evening it had increased to $40,000.
7 Dead in Obama's Hometown of Chicago where Gun Laws are Tough
Hadiya Pendleton, who just a week before here slaying in a South Side Chicago park was a performer with the King College Prep band at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., is the latest story in the murderous activities that have plagued Chicago for too long.
Thus far, there have been no arrests. The incident is also provoking the powers-that-be in Chicago to add 200 police to the streets of Chicago - a measure that is being announced on Thursday morning. .
The shooting occurred that took Pendleton’s life on Tuesday afternoon in a park located just about a mile north of President Barack Obama’s Chicago South Side home in the Kenwood neighborhood. Besides the murder, two others were injured by the gunfire. The incident has escalated the nation’s outrage and debate over gun violence and gun controls.
During an interview on Telemundo, President Obama was asked about the incident happening, again, where there are very strict gun control laws already. He said that the problem is that a huge proportion of those guns come in from outside Chicago and repeated his belief that a unified, integrated system of background checks would make it harder for such gun violence to occur.
The promise of an $11,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the murderer in Pendleton’s death was announced at a news conference at the South Side Chicago park where the slaying occurred.
This murder was the 42nd homicide in Chicago already in 2013. Last year, Chicago had just over 500 murders.