First lady Michelle Obama speaks to guests about combating youth violence at a luncheon April 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. According to published reports Chicago has had 79 murders in 2013. Twenty-seven of the victims have been under 21-years-old, the most recent victim was fourteen-year-old Michael Orozco who died April 7, from two gunshot wounds to his chest.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to guests about combating youth violence at a luncheon April 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. According to published reports Chicago has had 79 murders in 2013. Twenty-seven of the victims have been under 21-years-old, the most recent victim was fourteen-year-old Michael Orozco who died April 7, from two gunshot wounds to his chest.

*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.