Mother Speaks at Funeral of Slain Chicago Teen
CHICAGO (AP) -- The mother of a slain Chicago teen has told mourners at her funeral that she tried to keep her daughter busy so she would be out of harm's way in a city plagued by gun violence.

Cleopatra Pendleton said no mother or father should have to bear such a loss. She said that for those in the packed church who know what that pain is like, she was sorry.

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed just a few days after performing with the King College Prep band as part of the events surrounding President Barack Obama's inauguration. Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.

First lady Michelle Obama was among a long list of dignitaries who attended Saturday's funeral.
02 09 13 by Newsroom
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