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Michelle Obama Will Attend Funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, Honor Student Gunned Down in Chicago

by Yvette Carnell

First Lady Michelle Obama is planning to attend the Saturday funeral services of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton, who has become a Image hadiyah.jpgnational symbol for gang violence Chicago.

Pendleton,  a 15 year old honor student, was gunned down on January 29th, about one week after  performing at President Obama’s inauguration.

Obama will be accompanied at the funeral by Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push  Coalition held a march last week in memory of Hadiyah Pendleton, during which time Jackson implored Obama to come home and address gun violence.

“When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” said Jackson, a Chicago resident.

Gun violence in Chicago has been in the national spotlight over the past year, with 506 murders in 2012, an increase of 17 percent from the previous year. As of Thursday, there were 42 homicides and 157 shootings so far this year, according to Chicago police.

 

 

32 Responses to Michelle Obama Will Attend Funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, Honor Student Gunned Down in Chicago

  1. Nabbosa Gladys Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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  2. Latrice Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    @Jerry Watson, you know what’s a d**n shame, when people walk past these thugs everyday and do nothing. When people know who killed this girl and say nothing. When men know these young men needed help and mentoring a long time ago and did nothing. Everybody wants him to come to this funeral..what about all the other children who lost their lives before he became president. Where was the demand for a little extra attention from the white hous I have to throw your question right back at you? Why this girl and not the others? Who chooses which black child’s life is more important? Obama having my best interest at heart is neither here nor there..my own neighbor don’t have my best interest at heart. If they did, we wouldn’t be living like this. And I have lost someone to senseless violence, s**t and killed and died right in front of a building in the projects

  3. Gloria Harrison Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    My arthritic fingers, and shoulder pain prevent me from answering most of the above comments about at our president hiding behind Michelle. Boy, he would have no other agenda if he visited everyt victim. I;’d like to start with tyhe idea that the cartoonist for Jump Start, Phila. Inquirer presented today for honorin Black History……Encourage our Black male youth to pull up their sagging pants to full mast to honor those of the past. Easy, heh????????

  4. Jerry Watson Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It’s a d**n shame that you have white people and some ignored as black folks can make statements defending Obama for his lack of concern for continuous murders going on in his own backyard, while at the same time can appear on national TV crying for the little white children killed in Conn. Who decides which of the two becomes more important? Or is it because it’s an issue of black on black crimes, if that’s the case, it’s acceptable for whites to go and k**l white children, or a known mental patient, can k**l a ex-navy seal, and somehow this out weights in importance’s than whats going on in Chicago. When blacks k**l each other we are defined as being savages, gang-banger’s, however when whites commit mass murder, they are defined as mentally unstable. If the black people still believe’s that Obama has their interest in mind, this should be a crystal clear wake-up call. It’s easy to criticize the heart felt statement of others when you are not the victim or related to someone who has been taken from you, all life is precious, and color of skin should not be the determining factor in a nation’s level of concern or response.

  5. Jerry Watson Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It’s a d**n shame that you have white people and some ignored as black folks can make statements defending Obama for his lack of concern for continuous murders going on in his own backyard, while at the same time can appear on national TV crying for the little white children killed in Conn. Who decides which of the two becomes more important? Or is it because it’s an issue of black on black crimes, if that’s the case, it’s acceptable for whites to go and k**l white children, or a known mental patient, can k**l a ex-navy seal, and somehow this out weights in importance’s than whats going on in Chicago. When blacks k**l each other we are defined as being savages, gang-banger’s, however when whites commit mass murder, they are defined as mentally unstable. If the black people still believe’s that Obama has their interest in mind, this should be a crystal clear wake-up call. It’s easy to criticize the heart felt statement of others when you are not the victim or related to someone who has been taken from you, all life is precious, and color of skin should not be the determining factor in a nation’s level of concern or response.

  6. Kerri Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Impressive man. We can all learn something from him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA

  7. Mouawia khater Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I am in the opinion Profile weapons must be prevented in any way

  8. Mouawia khater Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Ask President Obama to stop the crimes of violence against innocent children why murder and poured b***d Why weapon kills innocent people should consider the justice and amend the law to protect children to prevent arms
    sincerely
    Mouawia khater
    Amnesty international sudan

  9. Latrice Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Bush went to visit texas all the time just to visit, not because white kidswere killing each other. The president not coming will Not make the violence escalate, if he meant that much once we had a black President this mess would have stopped or at least eased up. You want to know who is useless, not this administration, the trifling moms and dads who are not raising their kids. You want to know whts really scary. When you discuss this with our young people they understand the importance of the FLOTUS attending this funeral. While grown people want to put the plight of black america on Obama. When the gang bangers, thugs, and killers hear this nonsense, they know they don’t have to take responsibility because the adults are blaming other people. And finally for the love of all that is holy, quit saying black people put him I office, we DID NOT. The hispanic and gay community did. Are there gay black people?yes. Have you ever talked to them, most of them voted for him for his gay agenda, not because he is black

  10. Latrice Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

    SHE IS THE FIRST LADY!!! Since everyone wants to jump on the “black thing”, it is the AA tradition for the wife to go and offer sympathy and help. The fisrt ladies of the church do this all the time. I have a theory about why people are complaining about the FLOTUS coming. They can pretend Obama not coming will be the reason these kids are still killing each other. That way they don’t have to get off their a*s and do something. In reality even if he did come they still wouldn’t do nothing anyway. How do I know this?? Because prior to 2008 before Obama became President the murder rate in Chicago was ridiculous!!

  11. Alan Weberman Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Time to take responsibility and not blame President Obama for the Black on Black violence. You think his showing up is going to stop it. Murder is not a federal crime unless a USG official is involved. What I would do would be to form “self-defense” squads and aggressively “defend” against this senseless drug fueled killing. Time to realize that not all “brothers” are “brothers” and there is an element highly destructive to decent Black folk that must the eliminated.

  12. Furshah Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 3:48 am

    The only representative from Washington should be the one with the ” Answers and Actions” that the Pres.is going to use to eliminate these “killing fields” in the A. A. communíty throughout the U.S.

  13. laura E. Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 2:02 am

    don’t understand black folks who waste their energy in begging president Obama to attend Hadiya’s funeral. There should be no competition between Sandy Hook and Chicago. The president is not your savior. He’s not the president of black people, he’s the president Of the USA. So instead of starting petitions begging him and his wife to come to Hadiya’s funeral, please start petitions for other things regarding the youth, thee community. President Obama attending her funeral won’t fix anything except of making you feel better about the fact that he cares about black kids as much as white kids dying. Smh. They are completely wasting their time. Smh.

    • Kerri Reply

      February 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Exactly.

  14. Charlie Peach Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve supported the President his entire presidency and watched over the last 4 years as he openly supported Gay Rights, Dream Act & any other Topics de jour but NEVER anything that closely related to things that would openly help or support African Americans. I painfully watched as he flew immediately to AZ, CO, CN & angrily watched as like now with the Wisconsin Mosque shooting (brown ppl but not politically popular brown ppl like Hispanics) he sends Michelle (I brushed that off due to an election & fear of blowback from the right with fear of Muslim love), but here we are again & with all the President’s talk on gun control, a young honor student murdered less than a mile from his Chicago home & he can’t find the time to attend. So, now I feel even more angered because I’m not sure where the President stands on things that affect African Americans; I wanted to believe that it was only about his first term, then re-election that he seemingly overlooked AA’s at every turn…however, now one can only assume that we’ve merely only been a vote and nothing more…If African Americans would just stop making excuses for him & realize that unless we stand up now; he will NOT change & our votes for him will truly be as the Right constantly says, that we only voted because he is black. We laugh at the Repubs whom we say votes against their self interest…unless he changes, it looks like the joke has really been on us after all.

    • BigWill Reply

      February 7, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Some of you people are so full of hate for the president that y’all omit the truth or flat our lie. In your claim regarding the president lending his support to worthy causes you said “NEVER anything that closely related to things that would openly help or support African Americans”. Most of y’all have conveniently forgot that the president was successful in singing into law The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. This law reduced the disparity between the amount of crack cocaine and powder cocaine needed to trigger certain United States federal criminal penalties from a 100:1 weight ratio to an 18:1 weight ratio and eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine, This disparity has caused 1000′s of BLACK MAN and women to spend decades in prison

  15. Peter D. Slaughter Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    How about this ? Instead of asking or to keep begging this person to show up or be concern.
    How about we start a new movement beyond civils rights and religious debating to wake up mentally.
    Then start cutting off these TV’s video games and computers .
    Then go into our areas where we live and start with some real grassroots action to mentor some of these kid,gangs pulling triggers.
    Help some homless poor people or family and create some jobs by cleaning up the areas we live in.
    Black’s on a very large scale are stuck in a time warp,an outdated paradigm.No one man can save the masses of black people who are mentally programmed to self destruct,wake up

    • Janet Reply

      February 8, 2013 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for what you said. Movement started. We must take back our streets one by one and be willing to do the physical work.No one can get us out of anything until WE STAND TOGETHER AND WORK FOR A COMMON GOAL…EMPOWERMENT. It starts on a small scale and grows to a greater level with participation. We clean up our neighborhood on a biweekly basis to assist us have a new vision. We have gotten some people thanking us, however we have not gotten much physical support. We cannot stop because of lack of support change takes awhile and we continue to turn of the tv’s, computers, and do what needs to be done for us (and we pay for everything ourselves). We are worth it!!!! We have a long way to go with some of our people. We have to press on and make things happen. WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR VISION AND WORK TO CHANGE THE VISION OF OTHERS. Peace

  16. s'ann Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    My heart goes out to Hadiya Pendleton and her family. President Obama may not be obligated to attend her funeral, but his presence along with Michelle, I am sure, would mean a great deal to her family, particularly, when she performed for him during his inauguration. It would also give President Obama an opportunity to do something for her, by elevating her campaign efforts against gun violence to the national level, which complements his recently announced agenda for stricter gun control legislation.

  17. Gregory R. Benjamin Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve shared my opinion that our President has to place special emphasis on the plight in the African American community just as he has on gay marriage and immigration. There is no way we can ignore the need for attention from a higher level of government. However, the need for us on the grass root level remains a necessity too.

  18. Nicholaus Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I have said it before, and will say it again; If the President can cry for 20 white kids, (and he should), he can cry for 506 Black children….AND HE SHOULD. No one should have had to start petitions. No one is asking him to attend 506 funerals, but his showing up in Chicago to at least speak of the violence, would have done so much for the City to turn itself around. From the outside, it appears the citizens of Chicago have just thrown up their hands. The President appears to be cracking down on gun violence. I can think of no better place for him to start that campaign than in Chicago. No city, and certainly no community of color, ANY COLOR, should have to endure 506 killings IN ONE YEAR, as well as a 17% increase in violence. That is crazy, and the President should do something about that. His showing up will do plenty. He is not responsible for the actions of the idiots committing these crimes, but his staying away is exacerbating the issue of violence in Chicago.

  19. James A Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve been listening to these comments and most of them are absolutely absurd. Try this: Take the face off of Obama. That’s right picture him as not Black or White, just faceless. Now try and picture what a faceless President would do in Sandy Hook, Colorado and what’s happening in Chicago. You see, most of you people are caught up in what you think a Black man should do or be doing. Obama is no longer a Black man; he’s the POTUS who happens to be Black. Dr. Boyce Watkins, the “Peoples Scholar” (as he calls himself) a PhD doesn’t even understand the difference. Dr. King’s dream was to have people judged “not by the color of their skin but the content of their character”. I could care less if you love the President or hate him for whatever your reason but don’t judge him by the color of his skin. And for all of you that keep talking this c**p that “we put him in office”; we didn’t. It took Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and every other ethnic group in this country who have the right to vote.

  20. Renee Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Sighs. Quite frankly, any visit from the Obama Administration is useless. It took a petition for these people to finally feel some sort of pressure and halfway acknowlege the little whiny negroes. Lord knows, it’s always a chore to even take a moment to address seriously the concerns of citizens who voted for this administration. As usual, when it comes to speaking directly to the black community and our concerns about urban violence and other social issues, the Obama Administration sends The FLOTUS. After all seeing black Michelle Obama should quiet down those darkies in Chicago. Blacks in Chicago are not seeking a handout. The black people who are demanding for a response from the President and govenment as a whole are hardworking, honest individuals who don’t want to live in fear. These are not thugs, criminals, or whatever else type of stereotypes people have when blacks in urban communities are discussed. To be honest I find it insulting that the President won’t even openly visit Chicago, the victims and citizens who either experience or witness violence in their communities. This is Chicago, his hometown. Hadiya’s d***h is not so much about who will attend her funeral. It’s about what will it take for a national response to be given to stop the violence in urban communities across America to prevent deaths of innocent citizens of all ages. Enough is enough!

  21. PB Short Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Her visit is useless & pointless…

    Who is the so-called first family trying to appease?

    Let me see, I think they are trying to say “Hey, we care, you see, we’re coming to Chicago, I’m sending my wife to represent”…

  22. LaVerne Hardin, J.D. Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Put Jesse in the White House. We need someone other than President Obama who can say exactly what it is.

  23. charles mcghee Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Remember Jessie Jackson could have been on the balcony with Dr. King when the shots came that killed him. A s**t could have hit Jessie and he would have given his life for the cause” where were all of you Jessie hater then?” Give the man a D– Break.

  24. Erica Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Well said Marvin

  25. bill rodney Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Mr. President, symbolism is quite important and often becomes ONE’S reality. Thanks you for showing us Black People that we do matter as much as the other groups to which you have openly pandered. While the FLOTUS or you attend, most of us realize that it will have little if anyreal impact on those who would so senselessly take another’s life, but to all of the millions of us who have supported and continued to supported you, THIS SYMBOLIC GESTURE DOES IN FACT MATTER! Again thank you!

  26. Steve Griffin Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    jessie jackson is not respected, he is a terrible person, whom only concerns are for himself. we would do better with someone else

  27. Pastori Balele Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Remember, when Michelle Obama is in Chicago for the funeral please beg her to tell her husband to appoint Jesse Jackson to Secretary of Interior or Homeland Security. President Obama listens to his wife. We have too many people being killed with guns. Jackson is still respected all over the country for his capability and gift to bring warring parties together. Jesse can be instrumental bringing senses to residents in big cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee and LA to stop killing one another.

    • Marvin Gardner Reply

      February 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Pastori Balele,
      I don’t know where you would think that Jesse Jackson would know the position of Secretary of the Interior or Homeland Security. Jesse Jackson has no experience in these areas or the credentials to hold such positions so you might as well give that up right now. I also don’t know where you get the idea that Jesse Jackson is respected all over the country. As far as Ii can see he is a very dislike man right about now.And I don’t know where you get the idea that he can bring senses together in big cities to stop killing one another because if he had that kind of power then the killing would have stopped a long time ago. Come back down to reality with the rest of us ok?

      • Regina Reply

        February 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        Marvin, remember when Jackson negotiated the release of a airman that was held hostage in Syria. As for the gun killings in the U.S. it is a collective action on all parts.

        So what are you doing to end gun violence?

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