Kenwood blues: Murder, the Muddy Waters House and other laments

Harsh Park, where Hadiya Pendleton was murdered. (Google Maps image)

Harsh Park, where Hadiya Pendleton was murdered. (Google Maps image)

Let me tie a few of this week’s stories together — all them anchored in my neighborhood, at least one literally right across the street from me.

First, the utterly horrific and senseless murder of Hadiya Pendleton, the King College Prep sophomore who was shot dead at a little park on a very quiet street two blocks from my house. I’ve driven by that park literally hundreds, if not thousands of times, since I moved here more than a dozen years ago. I strolled by there with my son last fall, looking forward to when he was old enough to go down that slide.

I woke up to this Facebook status yesterday from a friend whose child attends King: “Damn. I hope this is the first and only time I have to give one of my kids grief counseling — a friend of my 14yo was shot and killed while she was walking home today. This world is rough.”

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