[Chicago Tribune]

Ten-year-old Nathaniel Pendleton Jr. recalled the way his big sister Hadiya would often greet him with a few gentle slaps on his cheeks whenever she came home from school.

“She said it was with love,” he said.

Nathaniel etched “I miss you” and “I love you” on his arm Wednesday, a day after losing his only sibling when a gunman opened fire on a group of students just blocks from King College Prep on the South Side.

“It’s very painful to see your big sister get slaughtered,” the soft-spoken Nathaniel said, tearing up as went through photos of his big sister on his phone.