Michelle Obama to attend Hadiya Pendleton funeral in Chicago

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago to attend the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton

The King College Prep student was shot and killed just a week after performing at events for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

On January 29, students were let out of King College Prep early after taking exams.  Hadiya and about 10 people were hanging out, huddling under a canopy in nearby Harsh Park near 45th and Oakenwald to avoid the rain.

Chicago police say that’s when a boy jumped the fence and ran toward them shooting. Hadiya was shot in the back and later died at the hospital. Two other boys were hit.  A 16-year old was last listed in serious condition and a 17-year old suffered a graze wound to his ankle. They survived.

Police say they don’t believe Hadiya was the intended target.  They say she was not in a gang, but preliminary reports are most of the people in the group with her were gang members.

The reward to find her killer has reached $40,000.

Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also attend Hadiya’s funeral.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Harvest Church.

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