"Unfortunately what happened to Hadiya is not unique. It's not unique to Chicago. It's not unique to this country. Too many of our children are being taken away from us," he said.
Though their messages were similar, the 30-year-old Grammy winner and the President are not known allies. In fact, Lupe was kicked off the stage at the President’s inauguration after performing an “anti-Obama” song. He has also previously criticized Obama, calling him “a terrorist.”
Pendleton was killed at Kenwood Park on the city's South Side days after she performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities. She was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president's and first lady's Chicago home, thrusting Chicago into the center of gun violence debates.
Two men have been arrested and charged with her murder.