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Bill Lowry honors slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendelton on 5-year anniversary of her tragic death; suspends campaign for 24-hours

This week, Atty. Bill Lowry, Democratic candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 3rd District, called on Chicagoans to remember the life and lessons from Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old King College Prep High School teenager who was gunned down near a park in the Kenwood community. In honor of her memory the prominent community leader paused his campaign for 24 hours in honor of her young life. He faces five challengers in the Illinois Primary.

“As I have shared with many of you since my campaign began in August, this campaign was actually born on January 29, 2013, when Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed 10 feet from my backyard,” Lowry said.

“This horrific event led me to start The It’s Time Organization or TITO, a nonviolence organization which supported after school programming and provided summer internships for high school students from Wendell Phillips Career Academy High School. It was also following this horrific event that I embraced my truth that it was time for me to serve in a more impactful way. That is why I am seeking a position of Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District,” Lowry continued. “But today, January 29, we suspend campaigning, as we honor the memory of Hadiya and send prayers of support to the entire Pendleton family. Tomorrow, we get back to work.”

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