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CHICAGO -- The godfather of a 15-year-old girl who was killed when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people in Chicago says she was a terrific student who had dreams of becoming a doctor or a lawyer.

Damon Stewart says Hadiya Pendleton had been so excited about a trip to Washington, D.C., where she performed as a majorette at some of President Barack Obama's inauguration events.

Police say there is no indication that Hadiya was the gunman's intended target in the shooting Tuesday on the South Side.

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Hadiya's death raises fresh concerns about gun violence. Last year the number of Chicago homicides topped 500 and there have already been more homicides in the city in January -- 42 -- than in any January in more than a decade.

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