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Hadiya Pendleton’s family will throw out the first pitch in Sunday’s Cubs game;  team encouraging fans to wear orange

CHICAGO (CBS) – Gun violence is on the rise across the country, and here in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton’s family wants to see this change.

CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei reports from Wrigley Field where Pendleton’s family is about to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs’ game on Sunday – days after what would have been Hadiya’s 25th birthday.

Not only does his family throw the first pitch, but the Cubs are asking everyone to wear orange to the game in support of his family and national gun violence awareness.

Orange flags fly at Wrigley Field — they’ve been flying above the Cubs’ marquee since Friday. This comes as we have seen an increase in shootings across the city.

In Englewood on Saturday, people were paying their respects to victims of gun violence when shots rang out a few miles away. Chicago police say two men were injured, including a critic.

Ironically, in Bronzeville, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was speaking about continuing the fight against gun violence at a peace festival.

Ahead of Sunday’s first pitch, Hadiya Pendleton’s family said they continue to use the grief of losing their daughter, who was killed more than nine years ago, as fuel for anti-gun violence activism.

“How do you get over something that you created by dying? How do you get over the dreams that have now been blackened, you can’t get over it. You have to find a way to cope and cope healthily,” said said Cleopatra Pendleton, mother.

The Cubs encourage fans to wear the color orange, which is commonly worn by fighters to protect them from shots. The Wear Orange campaign is a way to visibly honor the growing list of innocent lives touched by gun violence.

Hadiya Pendelton’s family will throw that first pitch as the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.


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