Kirk visits with Pendleton family
The day after sitting with first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union, the parents of Hadiya Pendleton visited with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.
Kirk, who has introduced federal gun trafficking legislation with Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Wednesday afternoon released a statement about the brief meeting:
"Today, I sat down with Illinois families who lost loved ones due to senseless gun violence. I asked Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of 15-year-old Hadiya who was shot and killed by gang gunfire in Chicago, for permission to name anti-illegal gun trafficking legislation after her daughter. I reiterated that one of my top priorities this year is to pass legislation that will dry up the supply of illegal weapons to dangerous drug gangs who are committing these senseless acts of violence. For Hadiya and thousands of other victims of gun violence, we must break through the typical Washington process and actually get something done that will save lives."
Hadiya Pendleton, a sophomore at King College Prep in Chicago, was shot and killed Jan. 29, and buried Saturday. Two Chicago men were charged this week with her murder.