*In her Chicago hometown today to address the city’s catastrophic gun violence problem, First Lady Michelle Obama held back tears as she remembered Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities and was shot and killed in Chicago days later. [Scroll down to watch.]
“Let me tell you, it is hard to know what to say to a room full of teenagers who are about to bury their best friend,” Obama said. “But I started by telling them that Hadiya was clearly on her way to doing something truly worthy with her life. I told them that there is a reason that we’re here on this earth, that each of us has a mission in this world, and I urged them to use their lives to give meaning to Hadiya’s life.”
Mrs. Obama was in the city to speak with business leaders about the need to eliminate gun violence.