First Lady Attends Teen’s Chicago Funeral

CHICAGO (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama attended a funeral Saturday (Feb. 9) in her hometown of Chicago, for a 15-year-old girl gunned last month.

Mrs. Obama was among hundreds of mourners paying their respects to Haydia Pendleton.

White House senior aide Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan were also in attendance at a church on Chicago’s South side.

Someone shot and killed the honor student on January 29th, just days after she performed with her high school majorette team at President Obama’s inauguration festivities in Washington.

Officers say Pendleton was not the intended target, but was seeking shelter from the rain when she was hit by gunfire in a park known for gang activity.

Police have made no arrest in the shooting death.

Pendleton’s mother is expected to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.