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First lady discusses Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama talked about slain teen Hadiya Pendleton when she spoke about youth violence in Chicago.

Obama said Wednesday afternoon that she and Hadiya had very similar lives. Pendleton was shot dead in January, about a week after she performed at events in Washington for President Barack Obama's inauguration. She was killed in a Chicago park not far from the Obamas' home on the city's South Side.

The first lady attended Hadiya's funeral in Chicago and said she spoke to the 15-year-old girl's friends. Obama said it's hard to know what to say to a group of teenagers who are about to bury their best friends.

Obama told those gathered at a downtown Chicago hotel that there is a "moral obligation" to help stop youth violence.

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