hadiya pendleton & michelle obama1*The pressure has been on President Obama to attend the funeral Hadiya Pendleton.

Instead, the White House announced today that First Lady Michelle Obama plans to attend the funeral of the 15-year-old who was gunned down last week in Chicago.

The funeral is this Saturday and Mrs. Obama will attend along with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Hadiya was killed last Tuesday at Kenwood Park on the city’s South Side days after she performed at some of President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration festivities. She was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president’s Chicago home.

The reward leading to her killer stands at $40,000.

A petition was started asking that President Obama attend the funeral.

The Pendleton family’s pastor confirmed to NBC Chicago that the president called Hadiya’s parents to offer his sympathies.

“We thank him for that, and if he does come, that’s fine,” Pastor Courtney Maxwell said. “If he doesn’t, we know he sends his love.”

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn also will attend the funeral, set for 9am Saturday at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, at 5141 S. State St. A visitation for the teen will be held Friday at Calahan Funeral Home, at 7030 S. Halsted St., from 2pm to 9pm.