Mother speaks at funeral of slain Chicago teen

SARA BURNETT
Associated Press
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FILE - This undated file family photo provided by Damon Stewart shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago who was was shot Jan. 29, 2013 while she talked with friends in a park about a mile from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. First Lady Michelle Obama will join some of Illinois’ most recognizable politicians and clergy to mourn the 15-year-old honor student whose death has drawn attention to staggering gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a slain Chicago teen has told mourners at her funeral that she tried to keep her daughter busy so she would be out of harm's way in a city plagued by gun violence.

Cleopatra Pendleton said no mother or father should have to bear such a loss. She said that for those in the packed church who know what that pain is like, she was sorry.

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya (hi-DEE'-uh) Pendleton was shot and killed just a few days after performing with the King College Prep band as part of the events surrounding President Barack Obama's inauguration. Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.

First lady Michelle Obama was among a long list of dignitaries who attended Saturday's funeral.