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Michelle Obama to attend funeral for Hadiya Pendleton
02-07-2013, 03:54 PM
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Michelle Obama to attend funeral for Hadiya Pendleton
WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama plans to attend Saturday’s funeral in Chicago for 15-year-old slaying victim Hadiya Pendleton, according to a White House official who asked not to be named.

Pendleton, an honor student at King College Prep, was fatally shot last week about a mile from the Obamas’ Kenwood home. A majorette with the school band, she had participated in inaugural festivities near Washington about a week before her death.

The first lady is not expected to make public remarks during her visit, and the Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, are not expected to accompany their mother.

Scheduled to speak at the funeral is Gov. Pat Quinn, who mentioned Pendleton during his annual State of the State speech on Wednesday as he called for tougher gun control measures. Quinn said he spoke to the teen’s family this week.

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