Hundreds Turn Out for Hadiya Pendleton Wake

Teen was shot dead just days after attending inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C.

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    Hundreds of mourners lined up outside the funeral home before the doors even opened. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2013)

    Hundreds of friends, family and community members gathered Friday afternoon to mourn a 15-year-old Chicago girl gunned down last week at a South Side Park.

    Visitation for Hadiya Pendleton was held at the Calahan Funeral Home, at 7030 S. Halsted St., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her funeral is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, at 5141 S. State St.

    Pendleton Cousin: 'Our Family is Miserable'

    [CHI] Pendleton Cousin; "Our Family is Miserable"
    Shatira Wilks speaks to reporters before walking into a visitation at Calahan Funeral Home for her slain cousin, Hadiya Pendleton. (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2013)

    Shatira Wilks, Pendleton's cousin, spoke on behalf of the family at the beginning of the visitation.  She said Haydia's parents are "miserable."

    "We want her to be remembered as the walking angel that she is," Wilks told reporters. 

    McCarthy on FLOTUS Visit

    [CHI] McCarthy on FLOTUS Visit
    Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he believes Michelle Obama's visit "is rightfully bringing attention to the problems that every urban center in this country is experiencing every single day." (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2013)

    "She was the best kid a parent could ask for. She was the face of what all parents desire in a wonderful child."

    First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to travel to Chicago Saturday to attend the service along with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to speak.

    FLOTUS to Attend Pendleton Funeral

    [CHI] FLOTUS to Attend Pendleton Funeral
    Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president and first lady's Chicago home. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    "She's not being intrusive," Wilks said of the First Lady's attendance. "It's not about her being seen. She's really, really a concerned individual, and I think the best gesture that they could've done was to come out and support Hadiya, my cousin, as Hadiya supported the president during the inauguration."

    Pendleton was killed last Tuesday at Kenwood Park on the city's South Side days after she performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities. She was shot to death blocks from her school and about a mile from the president's and first lady's Chicago home.

    Sermons Honor Hadiya Pendleton

    [CHI] Sermons Honor Hadiya Pendleton
    Pastor Ira Acree said it will take more than just prayer to see change and urged his members to hit the streets with petitions for sensible gun legislation. Emily Florez reports. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)

    Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he believes Michelle Obama's visit "is rightfully bringing attention to the problems that every urban center in this country is experiencing every single day."

    The reward leading to Pendleton's killer stands at $40,000. No arrests have been made, but Pendleton's cousin said she believes it's only a matter of time before someone comes forward with a solid lead.