A South Side park will be expanded and renamed in honor of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton.
According to park district officials, the expansion of Buckthorn Park at 44th & Calumet will cost $1.9 million dollars.
Pendleton was shot and killed less than a mile from that park in January 2013, just a week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration with her high school band. She was 15-years-old.
The shooting was part of an ongoing gang war in the neighborhood.
Hadiya’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, called the renaming of the park “absolutely awesome.”