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Petition Urges Pres. Obama To Attend Slain Chicago Girl’s Funeral

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Source: Lisa Balde / NBC Chicago 

In the wake of a 15-year-old’s shooting death in Chicago, a petition was started to urge President Barack Obama to attend the girl’s funeral.

Hadiya Pendleton, an honor-roll student who recently performed in events at Obama’s second inauguration, was shot in the back Tuesday afternoon while hanging out with friends in a park about a mile from the president’s Chicago home. Police said the shooting was over gang turf and that Hadiya wasn’t the intended target.

News of her death sparked national outrage as legislators discuss gun reform and comparisons are drawn between local gun violence and the country’s recent massacres.

“As Newtown swirls down the memory hole,” the petition begins. … “President Obama should stand up and take advantage of a tragic opportunity to keep the anti-gun violence movement engaged.”

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  • What The Hell Ever

    “As Newtown swirls down the memory hole and passion to implement sane gun control gets sidetracked by whatever the latest Congressional bullshit
    circus will be, President Obama should stand up and take advantage of a
    tragic opportunity to keep the anti-gun violence movement engaged.” …that’s from the petition. Whomever authored it, lacks tact. I personally don’t think President Obama or his family should attend unless they WANT to attend.

    He isnt going to be able to attend every single memorial ceremony or funeral of people killed by gun violence. I understand what theyre trying to do, but her funeral isn’t the place for it. Seems whomever authored the petition is moreso interested in having a publicized funeral instead of celebrating the life of the deceased. May Hadiyah rest in peace.

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