'Nothing to Report' as Cops Chase Leads on Girl's Slaying

By Ted Cox on January 31, 2013 3:09pm | Updated on January 31, 2013 4:29pm

 Backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy asked for continued community involvement in finding Hadiya Pendleton's killer.  
Backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy asked for continued community involvement in finding Hadiya Pendleton's killer.  
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WASHINGTON PARK — Police raised the reward for information leading to the arrest of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton's killer to $24,000 Thursday.

The city's top cop said the Chicago Police Department has received numerous leads on the Hadiya Pendleton slaying, but "there's nothing to report at this time."

"We've got a lot of calls coming in," said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. "We have to run down every single one of those tips."

Community members are taking to the streets tomorrow to aid in the effort to bring Hadiya's killer to justice.

Mavric Johnson, an alumnus of nearby Dunbar High School and father of a 15-year-old girl, will lead a march that starts at 12 p.m. Friday at King College Prep.

The group will march to Vivian Gordon Harsh Park, where Hadiya was fatally shot, to hold a vigil. Afterward, a door-to-door campaign will begin.

"We're going to go through the neighborhood and pass out flyers to catch this murderer," Johnson said. "We want to keep it fresh every day so they know we're looking for them."

A flier for the event asks neighbors, friends, classmates and "any and all to assist us in our stand against violence."

McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel renewed calls for witnesses to come forward in Tuesday's shooting of the 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore.

"When any young person in our city is gunned down without reason, their death makes an impression on all of us, and it demands action from all of us," Emanuel said. "As we grieve for Hadiya, we need to work together to protect our greatest resource — the children of the city of Chicago."

Emanuel said he visited the Pendleton family Wednesday night.

The mayor and McCarthy made their statements while announcing 200 police officers were being reassigned from desk jobs to street patrols.

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) both called the Pendleton slaying "heartbreaking."

 Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) said Hadiya Pendleton's anti-gang video may have even more impact now "unfortunately."
Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) said Hadiya Pendleton's anti-gang video may have even more impact now "unfortunately."
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Dowell, however, said she did not believe the police reassignment was related to Hadiya's death.

"I have a 17-year-old. I worry every day," Burnett said. "We have to do what we can to make it safe for everyone."

Dowell said she had not yet seen the anti-gang video Pendleton made in 2008 that resurfaced this week on YouTube.

"Maybe her message holds more sway now, unfortunately," Dowell added.

Police asked anyone with information to call (312) 747-8380.

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