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Michelle Obama to Attend Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

This undated family photo provided by Damon Stewart shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago. Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Pendleton, who had performed in President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities, is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president's hometown. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart)

By// Mariah Craddick

The death of Chicago teen and inauguration performer Hadiya Pendleton struck a chord with a nation of people wary of gun violence and the innocent Americans being killed in the process. Her death has also affected President Obama and the first lady. So much so that according to CBS News, the FLOTUS will be attending the funeral for Pendleton this Saturday, Feb. 9 in Chicago.

Mrs. Obama will be joined by Senior Adviser and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, according to a White House official. The President is not expected to accompany his wife, nor are their daughters Sasha and Malia.

“It’s a nice gesture and we appreciate it,” said Shatira Wilks, a cousin serving as the family spokesperson, though she expressed concern that the attendance of the FLOTUS would overshadow the funeral.

Pendleton, 15, performed as a majorette in the King College Prep’s school band at the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21. She was shot to death at a Chicago Park on Jan. 29, a near mile from the Obamas’ home in Kenwood. There is a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the girl’s death.