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Michelle Obama heads to Chicago for teen's funeral

The first lady will join other dignitaries Saturday at the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Chicago just days after performing at one of President Obama's inauguration events.


This family photo shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago who was was shot Jan. 29, while she talked with friends in a park about a mile from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago Saturday to mourn the honor student.

Courtesy Damon Stewart/AP/File

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First lady Michelle Obama will join some of Illinois' most recognizable politicians and clergy Saturday to mourn a 15-year-old honor student whose death has drawn attention to staggering gun violence in the nation's third-largest city.

But Hadiya Pendleton's family says her Saturday funeral service won't be about politics, but about remembering a girl who loved to dance, once appeared in an anti-gang video and died just days after performing at one of President Barack Obama's inauguration events.

None of the dignitaries are slated to speak during the service. The teen's pastor and brother will talk, and the musical group Pendleton was a member of will perform.


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