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Originally posted on theGrio:

The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton has drawn national attention, prompting renewed calls for gun regulation and reigniting the public outrage created by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Now, Hadiya’s story has reached the White House.

Asked about a petition posted on the White House’s “We the People” website, calling on President Obama and his family attend Pendleton’s funeral in their hometown of Chicago, spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday that he hadn’t heard about the signature gathering effort, but that “the president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton.”

Pendleton was shot to death Tuesday as she and a group of friends stood beneath a bus shelter after taking final exams at nearby King College Prep. Pendleton, a majorette in the school’s marching band, had performed with the band in Washington D.C. during Obama’s second Inaugural.

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5 Responses

  1. I am so truly very sorry … May father the comforter of all … replaces her parents sorrow with everlasting joy … I prayed and asked in the name of Jesus … Amen …

  2. A young child’s death often make be sick so very deep inside of me … To a point of grieving for days as his/her real parent … I just never know how to stop .. whenever i am enjoying something that i love … Likewise … the same part of me that couldn’t stop being joyful when i love something or someone … Never knew how to stop grieving too when i am sad … I often tend to connect with the dead better too … Therefore … I always try not to connect with young angels whom we had lost … The little girl in me … will see them in my dreams …
    I am truly so very deeply sorry for her loss … And i pray that she had the grace to rest peacefully forever and ever … Amen …

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