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Feb 9, 2013 12:32 PM by Matt Stafford

First lady meets with slain Chicago teen's family

CHICAGO (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is meeting privately with the family of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student before attending the girl's funeral service.

Obama is among the dignitaries attending the service for Hadiya Pendleton, whose death has brought national attention to Chicago's staggering gun violence.

Pendleton was a band majorette who was shot and killed just a few days after performing for events surrounding President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The first lady, who grew up on Chicago's South Side, arrived at the church shortly after 10 a.m. She is meeting in an upstairs room with Pendleton's immediate family. Other majorettes from Pendleton's team - wearing their black and gold team jackets - also were in the room.

Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.

The funeral for Pendleton began Saturday with applause for family's strength.

 

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