Hadiya’s Mother To Attend State Of The Union

Source: Tracy Connor / NBC News

The mother of Chicago gun-violence victim Hadiya Pendleton will be in the audience for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. — and she is expecting a flood of mixed emotions.

“It’s bittersweet,” Cleopatra Cowley said after she and her husband landed in Washington on Monday evening. “Because it’s as a result of losing my daughter, but it’s also exciting to have an opportunity like this.”

Her presence in the House of Representatives chamber as President Obama delivers his annual address to the country will be a poignant reminder of the toll of gun violence in America.

Cowley — who was invited as a guest of the first lady, according to White House aides — said she will be listening to the speech with an open mind.

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