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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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14 Comments to “Michelle Obama to attend Hadiya Pendleton funeral in Chicago”

    Real World said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    That is not right . Why isn't he going to her funeral.

      Tired of Whiners said:
      February 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Cause if "he" did, then you'd be whining about him going!

    KAY said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    REST IN PARADISE ANGEL! SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.

    Demarcus said:
    February 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Bull crap- Blacks stick together.

      Demarcus said:
      February 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Meaning why cant Obamas go to any white funerals??

        Dumb Finder said:
        February 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Thanks for clarifying your stupidity!

    Brit said:
    February 7, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Real World..why ask dumb questions?

    Lloyd Christmas said:
    February 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Why would the President go? The 1st Lady shouldn't even be attending. There are murders all over the nation, not just in Chicago. Just because that bigot Jesse Jackson, who 4 years ago wanted to 'cut off Obama's nuts,' decided he hasn't brainwashed the troops in a while and is demanding the President's appearance? Obama calls the shots, its not 1983 anymore!

    3Fingers2013 said:
    February 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    And exactly what is that 'moochel" thinks this visit will accomplish?

    truegrit said:
    February 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    If the President were to attend Hadiya's funeral, then he would have to explain why he isn't attending the funerals of the thousands of youths shot down by violence. Hadiya's death comes on the heels of the Newton tragedy and adds more fuel to the war on guns and assault rifles. In that regard, she is special but that's where the ball stops. Too many parents have lost their promising, bright stars to violent streets. Are you saying that those other deaths are not important or as symbolic. No, I think not. The President has bigger fish to fry.

    messyjacksonjr said:
    February 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Demarcus Kill yourself and we will try to get Mr,Obama to come pay his respect

      kid1339 said:
      March 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Yes he is a Mr. because he damn sure not a pres.

    kid1339 said:
    March 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    3/15/13. Another slow news day !

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