(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral service for slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down just days after performing at inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C.
The White House confirmed Thursday that the first lady will attend the Saturday service in Chicago. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will also attend.
The 15-year-old girl was shot and killed Jan. 29 just blocks from her school on the south side of Chicago. Pendleton, a majorette in the King College Prep School band, performed with her classmates at several inaugural events in D.C.
The first lady’s decision to attend the funeral comes as the president is making a public push for Congress to act on his proposals to curb gun violence.
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