Michelle Obama Attending Chicago Shooting-Victim’s Funeral

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Community members hold a candle light vigil at Harsh park to honor Hadiya Pendleton on Feb. 1, 2013 in Chicago.

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton attended President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration.

First lady Michelle Obama will attend the girl’s funeral.

The trip home to Chicago for the first lady comes as the president is embroiled in a debate with Congress about curbing gun violence.

Pendleton, an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep, was shot by a fleeing gunman last week about a mile from the  South Side Chicago home of the Obama. She had participated in inaugural events in Washington a few days before her death.

The Chicago Tribune first reported that not only the first lady, but also senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a former superintendent of schools in Chicago, will attend the funeral on Saturday.

The local papers have called on the president to come home as well.

A Chicago Sun-Times editorial suggested Obama hasn’t paid enough attention to the violence in his home city.

“Two days after the mass murder at a school in Newton, Conn., President Barack Obama flew there to console the families and call for stricter gun control,” states the editorial, asking. “How many more children must die in Chicago before the president does the same here?”

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