By AP

Family of slain Chicago teen hopes for justice

CHICAGO – The cousin of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student shot to death this week says the most important thing for her family is bringing the killer to justice.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday, Shatira Wilks pleaded for anyone with information about the shooter to come forward.

Hadiya Pendleton was shot Tuesday while she talked with friends after school in a park about a mile from President Barack Obama's Chicago home. Police say she was an innocent victim caught up in a gang shooting.

Pendleton died about one week after she performed for Obama's inauguration. She was a majorette with the King College Prep band.

The shooting has turned a spotlight on Chicago's homicide rate.

Wilks says Chicago is becoming a city that's "comfortable with death" and "this has to stop."

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