Chicago: Heartbroken Pastor of 15 year old slain honor student challenges community to speak up

15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton

Heartbroken Pastor of 15 year old slain honor student challenges community to speak up

Pastor Courtney Maxwell, the family’s Pastor, Pastors United for Change offer $6,000 reward for capture and prosecution of the shooter, increasing award to $30,000

Who: Pastor United for Change, family’s Pastor Courtney Maxwell, Pastor Ira Acree, Pastor Roosevelt Watkins, Pastor Torrey Barrett, and others and will be joined by Supt. Garry McCarthy, First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger, Area Deputy Chief Eddie Johnson and Commander Fred Waller.

Where: Harsh Park, 4458 S. Oakenwald

When: 11:45 a.m. – Friday, February 01, 2013

What: On January 29th, 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton was senselessly gunned-down while hanging out with friends in a Chicago park. Her murder marks the city’s 42nd homicide so far this year. On Friday February 1, 2013, Rev Courtney Maxwell of the Greater Deliverance Church of God will host a press conference at the Chicago Police department Headquarters to appeal to Chicagoans for help in solving the murder of Pendleton. Pendleton was the honor student who had just participated in the inaugural events of President Barack Obama in Washington DC. Pastor Maxwell is the pastor of this family and has been in constant prayer and in continuous council with this family since the day of the tragedy. The pastor will share personal knowledge about the character of this young lady and will make an appeal to the public to speak up.

Pastor Courtney Maxwell says “our hearts are heavy that Hadiya Pendleton, who has such a promising future with so much going for her, dreams, goals and ambition has been cut short. A shining star has fallen from the sky. Hadiya was a perfect example of a child who does all the right things, and was on the right track, but her life was cut short. She was an innocent victim of senseless gun violence. This senseless violence has to address and murderer must be apprehended.

Pastor Maxwell will be accompanied by other community leaders as they add $6,000 to the reward amount for any information that leads to the capture and prosecution of the shooter of Hadiya!

“If you have any information regarding the killer of this child please come forward. We have so many unsolved murders in Chicago because people are afraid to speak up. Be courageous and do the right thing! When we fail to speak up, we make matters worse and murderers remain on the loose,” stated Rev. Ira Acree pastor of Greater St John Bible Church.

Hadiya was not in the wrong place at the wrong time, it was the shooter who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Students should have a right to stand in a park after school without being harmed or even killed. This type of behavior s not acceptable, and can’t be tolerated says Pastor Roosevelt Watkins, President of Pastors United for Change.