First Lady at shot girl's funeral
Published 09/02/2013 | 22:46
First lady Michelle Obama has consoled a distraught mother at the funeral of her teenage daughter - an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.
Mrs Obama put her arm around Cleopatra Pendleton and patted her back as the woman sobbed.
Composing herself, Mrs Pendleton told mourners that she tried to keep her daughter busy so she would be out of harm's way in a city plagued by gun violence.
She said no mother or father should have to bear such a loss. For those in the packed church who know what that pain was like, she expressed her sorrow.
Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.
Chicago pastor Michael Pfleger described Pendleton as the face of an "epidemic of violence causing funeral processions around the country".
He told the packed South Side church that "we must become the interrupters of funeral processions".
The service began with a standing ovation for "the strength of this family".