strong enough to shake the earth like a grieving family victims of gang shooting in the middle of the epidemic of gun violence Chicago
Hundreds of people, including first lady Michelle Obama stood and applauded the family of a 15 year old girl from Chicago for their strength Saturday, a week and a half after his death attracted national attention to the city of armed violence amazing.President
speaker at the funeral on Saturday Hadiya Pendleton recalled more than a symbol, but as a girl who had dreams, joking with friends and loved school and act as a cheerleader performed with the group in the events surrounding the inauguration of President Barack Obama, a few days before his death, January 29. Pendleton police say was an innocent victim of a gang shooting.
Godfather, Damon Stewart, said that some people on Facebook asked what the Hadiya's death noted that more than 40 people were killed in Chicago this year - many of which have not even mention in local newspapers. The answer, says Stewart church crowded South Side, was obvious.
"is important because all those who have died are important," said Stewart. "It is important that all these lives and voices of families who have been ignored, now speaks for them ... . I do not believe in coincidences. God needed an angel. God had to send someone to change. "
Michelle Obama met privately with the family before the service, then the mother of the girl with an open casket at the front of the church. Obama, who grew up in South Chicago, put his arm around Pendleton Cleopatra and patted him on the back. She threw her head back and moaned as the coffin lid flowers her daughter has been closed.
Moments later, hundreds of guests rose to start the service with a round of applause "to the strength of this family." Then the choir began to sing so loud the ground shook.