WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama plans to attend the funeral Saturday in Chicago of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, according to a White House official.
Pendleton, an honor student and band majorette, was fatally shot last week about a mile from the Obamas' home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. She had participated in inaugural festivities near Washington only a few days before her death.
Pendleton was killed Jan. 29, becoming the latest symbol of Chicago's gun violence. There is a $40,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in her death.
Community activists have urged the Obamas to visit Chicago to speak out about recent violence, and a petition on the White House website calls on them to attend Pendleton's funeral. -- MCT