By Renita D. Young, Reuters
(Reuters) – The national debate over gun violence took a highly personal turn for first lady Michelle Obama when a Chicago girl was slain near Obama’s family home just days after she performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington.
The first lady and top federal, state and city officials joined hundreds of mourners on Saturday at the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, 15, who was killed at a park near her Chicago high school, casting the bitter national debate over gun violence in personal terms for the Obamas.
The first lady met privately with members of Pendleton’s family and with about 30 of her friends and classmates before the funeral. She sat in the church next to senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who once led the Chicago public schools, sat next to Jarrett… Read More
A fight breaks out in Chicago February 9, 2013, as mourners line up before a funeral for a girl whose slaying days after she performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington added to the heightened national attention to the toll from gun violence. REUTERS/John Gress