Parents of slain teen in Chicago to attend State of the Union

(CNN) -The parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago girl shot and killed in Chicago last month, will be guests in first lady Michelle Obama’s box at Tuesday’s State of the Union, a White House official told CNN.

Pendleton was killed just a week after she performed in the festivities surrounding President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The first lady attended her funeral on Saturday.

The death came as Obama’s administration has been focused on reducing gun violence, especially the killing of children, after the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  Pendleton was killed in Hyde Park neighborhood near Obama’s Chicago home.

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