Official: Michelle Obama to attend inauguration performer's funeral

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was killed after returning home to Chicago after performing during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

WASHINGTON — A White House official says Michelle Obama will attend Saturday's funeral for the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed after returning home from performing during inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama.

Hadiya Pendleton was killed in a park close to the Obamas' home on Chicago's South Side. Police say a gunman hopped a fence and opened fire on a group of young people, killing the drum majorette. No arrests have been made.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, both from Chicago, also will attend the funeral.

Pendleton's death brought renewed attention to Chicago's homicide rate and the debate over gun violence in America.

The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information not yet made public.

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