First lady among guests at Chicago teen's funeral

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 08:15 hrs

The family of a Chicago girl whose murder drew attention to the city's gun violence says her funeral service will focus on the 15-year-old honor student, not politics.

First lady Michelle Obama will be among the dignitaries at Hadiya (huh-DYE'-yuh) Pendleton's funeral Saturday on Chicago's South Side. Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also are expected to attend.

Pendleton was shot Jan. 29 while talking with friends in a park about a mile from President Barack Obama's Chicago home. Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a case of mistaken identity involving gangs.

Pendleton was a majorette who performed at an event for Obama's inauguration about a week earlier.

Her death occurred during the city's deadliest January in a decade. In 2012, Chicago recorded 506 homicides.

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