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Hadiya Pendleton... a "shining light" stolen too soon

Updated on June 19, 2013
Hadiya and friends... during time she performed for the Presidential inauguration with high-school band
Hadiya and friends... during time she performed for the Presidential inauguration with high-school band | Source

When I learned of the death of Hadiya Pendleton... a 15 year old high school honours student who was fatally gunned down as her and her friends were seeking shelter from the rain January 31 in the Chicago neighborhood of Kenwood... I cried

It is sad that this promising young lady who had just performed at the Presidential Inauguration with her high school band just the week before; is gone too soon

Police speculate, that the the killer who shot into the group of teens Hadiya was standing with, may have mistook her for a rival gang member. When I learned that Hadiya and classmates made an anti-gang video in 2008... I cried.

When I read that Hadiya's father called her a "shining light" I cried... maybe it is because Hadiya reminds me so much of my own daughter, maybe because I grew up in Chicago, and know of the area Hadiya was killed in. Maybe I feel blessed to have survived those streets. I wrote this poem because her death affected me... and I immediately wanted to fly to California to see my daughter...


I cried when I first heard of you

and it could be said that I didn't know you

but I just felt the pain somehow

streched across so many miles

you could have been my child

you all' have similiar smiles

and I wonder where you would have been

if they hadn't stolen you

and it seemed to me you were the embodiment of hope

and now the world bleeds

and has lost a bit of what it mostly needs

"that shining light"

and I wonder what your children would

have been like,

and one day you would have been

someone's wife

but now stolen before the benefit of years

you fill my eyes with tears

another youthfull promise stolen from this wearisome world

you were all of OUR little girl

and without the benefit of your charm

there is an empty space in the

crook of the World's arm

and I apologize for not making the world

a safer place for you


promise i'll try and do better

and as angry as I am right now

I know that we will meet somehow

and you'll be inhabiting a special place

in the Kingdom Of the Clouds

Laurinzo Scott 2013


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    • Laurinzo Scott profile image
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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the reading and your kind response... I feel especially close to this incident , because as a Chicago native who grew up very close to where her murder occured it just hit me hard. I agree with you that our society is wayyyy off the mark!!!

      Bless you

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I live in the suburbs right outside of Chicago, so this story hit very close to home. This young lady was indeed a shining light of talent and loveliness, and to have been taken away so soon after her stellar performance is especially tragic. No young life should be lost to gang violence and we need to do better as a society for our youth. Thank you for writing about her. ~Lurana

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you UMHiram for the reading and comments...God bless you

      and it is indeed tragic when youth who are going down the wrong path ...inflict harm upon those who may go down the different one... are major cities are too much like war-zones for youth

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      This was a very tragic event and my prayer is that the youth (who have gone astray) realize that violence is NEVER the answer. Your poem was very touching, thank you for writing and sharing it here on HubPages.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Rasma, and God bless you

      I pray you a wonderful day my friend...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for your blessings...

      I find much solace in the fact that just like the angels in Conn.... she is in Heaven; they all are

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. A wonderful tribute to a tragic and deserving girl. It is so sad that this happens so often among young people. Great message and passing this on.

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I am so sorry for this tragic loss, and you speak as if you knew her. I want to cling closer to my own daughter and son after hearing of such a senseless tragedy. Let us continue to pray for those young people who are doing their best in the world, only finding that there are individuals who care less about the lives of those who will succeed. God bless you, Laurinzo and your family.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Adedola... I understand; and I appreciate your comment and for your reading

      God bless you...

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      Adedola 4 years ago

      As I'm reading this I'm cryimg

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much always exploring for you comments

      Bless you

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh this is so beautiful and i felt the same when i heard her story on CNN...Your words touched me. Thank you...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you xstatic for your comment...

      and I pray you a wonderful day my friend...

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Again and again. We can only hope that there is some way to get a handle on the violent streak in our society. This was very touching.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes indeed Rosemay...she is just representative of so many youth in danger daily... in a vicious land

      Bless you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much DeBorrah Ogans for the reading and your heartfelt coments ... I am praying too for a change

      to the hearts of mankind more than anything; but we both know the only solution for a "stony" heart...

      God bless you...

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to Hadiya Pendleton. Such a sad story for a young girl who should have had an amzing future in front of her. She was indeed a 'shining light'

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Laurinzo Scott, OH my! How dreadfully sad... One never knows how or when we will pass from this life to ETERNITY! THANK GOD for the LIGHT that was shining through her. May this get the attention of many... Marvelous tribute you have presented! Praise God! LORD HAVE MERCY! We must continue to PRAY for the safety of ALL children! My thoughts and prayers have gone before the Lord for her Love ones!

      Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Jann Solo for commenting... I very much understand the emotional response to any sad news that involves our special angels... our children

      It is very nice to meet you

      God bless you

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      Jann Solo 4 years ago from HOUSTON, TEXAS

      I honestly I avoided this story because I knew it would make me cry, I like the way you paid respect to her memory and brought attention to it, a beautiful young lady that the world will never know, hence the sadness and tears *Respect & Love

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for the reading and comments lovedoctor926...

      I hope you have a marvelous day...!

      Bless you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Michelle... God bless you

      and I am curious if in Singapore you have been able to combat such violence from youth onto youth...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Carol for you reading and comments...

      Bless you

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes indeed AMFrednburg; it is a sad fact that our urban areas are plagued by the evil of some monsters who can take the lives of children... I appreciate your reading and comments

      bless you

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I am speechless! This is devastating! Another young life gone to waste. A very good poem to express the sadness and emptiness.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Daisy for your responding to this hub, and I understand that Newark was a challenge as well... it happens I think when there is too much youthful energy and not enough guidance around... so kids gravitate toward the monsters that run these gangs, and then the innocent kids get caught in the middle...

      Bless you daisy, and have a great day!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much ComfortB for your reading and your comments... I very much agree that she had a special mission

      It is very nice to meet you

      Bless you as well...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for the reading and comments bravewarrior...

      God bless

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for responding Faith Reaper...

      Yes I thank God I survived those mean streets... it is tragic that the violence that goes on in this country is ignored while we are policing other's backyards

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for your kind words, and I agree that she is up there, as are all children stolen from us too soon; we know from scripture what a place He has in His heart for children...

      Bless you

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Grave indeed, Laurinzo. :( A beautiful tribute to a young lady gone too soon. Blessings, and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      There is way too much crime in our country. How sad a young and ambitious young lady with so much promise had to be one of those victims. Thanks for writing and lovely words for her.

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      Aldene Fredenburg 4 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

      This is unbearably sad; being able to march for President Obama must have been the highlight of her life, and then to have her life end in a pointless shooting. . . . Your tribute is beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Laurinzo, my heart aches every time I hear of yet another innocent life taken. So much potentials gone in a flash, I cannot begin to imagine what the parents of this young lady are going through right now, but your poem expressed what many right thinking people are feeling. Beautiful and heartfelt.

      My best to you.

      Jo

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Laurinzo,

      Thank you for publishing this tribute to Hadiya Pendleton. I was speechless when I read the news, too numb to cry.

      Thanks, my friend, for keeping the spirit of this beautiful young woman alive. It wasn't Chicago for me. It was Newark, New Jersey...a different part of the country, but the same mean streets.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I too read this story on the Internet and my heart ached for the parents of this beautiful soul. I have a daughter about her age, and I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through. She's done so much positive things and touched so many lives in her short life than those cowards can do, even if they live to be a 100.

      Hadiya was an angel sent to touch the lives of all whose path she crosses, even mine. Her story should inspire us all to dream, and do the most good.

      Thanks for keeping her memory alive on here. Voted up and beautiful. God bless you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Laurinzo, this is a beautiful poem conveying a very important message. I salute you, my friend for bringing this to light.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how tragic. Chicago is really having a time with the gangs, and those young children who want to do right are caught in the middle. They almost need military protection to just live in Chicago. I think the gang members out number the law enforcement. I believe there are about 100,000 plus gang member in Chicago alone. It is so very sad, and makes one cry for our children no doubt.

      Beautifully sad poem, Laurinzo.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh laurinzo.. when I saw this on the news I cried too..

      You brought the tears out again.

      You are so right what would her children be like what would have her future been like ?

      She will never know

      Her parents have to be devastated

      what a injustice.. and what a horrible way to die

      But you know

      She is with Jesus in those special clouds.

      God bless you and Your wonderful poem

      Sharing

      Debbie