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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 09: Minister Elnor Brown hold up a funeral program outside the Greater Harvest M.B. Church during the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton on February 9, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. Hadiya was killed on January 29, when a gunman opened fire on her and some friends while they were standing under a shelter on a warm rainy afternoon in a park about a mile from President Obama's Chicago home. First lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral with Senior White House Adviser Val

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says Michelle Obama will attend Saturday's funeral for the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed after returning home from performing during inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama.

Hadiya Pendleton was killed in a park close to the Obamas' home on Chicago's South Side. Police say a gunman hopped a fence and opened fire on a group of young people, killing the drum majorette. No arrests have been made.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, both from Chicago, also will attend the funeral.

Pendleton's death brought renewed attention to Chicago's homicide rate and the debate over gun violence in America.

The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity because the first lady's travel plans had not been formally announced.

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