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First lady Michelle Obama will be attending the funeral for Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl whose death has drawn attention to gun violence in Chicago.
Obama will be joining some of Illinois’ most recognizable politicians and clergy on Feb. 9 for the funeral. But her funeral won’t be about politics, according to Pendleton’s family, but rather about remembering a girl who loved to dance and who died just days after performing at one of President Barack Obama’s inauguration events.
Pendleton had been shot and killed while she was with friends after school at a park not far from the Obamas’ Chicago home. Police say that the Jan. 29 shooting appears to be a case of mistaken identity involving a gang who believed the park as their territory. Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim, and so far no charges have been filed.
Her death has brought on new attention to Chicago’s homicide rate and the national debate over gun violence. Pendleton’s murder happened in January, which was the city’s deadliest month in a decade. In 2012 alone, Chicago recorded 506 homicides.
Seven-time Olympic medalist winner Amanda Beard is expecting her second child.
Beard and her husband, photographer Sacha Brown, have confirmed they are expecting their second child in July.
“We are so excited to add to our family! During my first pregnancy, I was sick the whole time and felt awful,” the swimmer, 31, told PEOPLE.
Also delighted by the news is soon-to-be big brother Blaise Ray, 3.
“He’s so excited. He keeps telling me how he is going to hug and kiss the baby and help me take care of [him or her],” says Beard.
Beard is a four-time Olympian and has won two gold, four silver, and one bronze medal throughout her career.
She and Brown have been married since May 2009.
A blizzard with hurricane-force winds has pummeled the northeastern United States on Feb. 9.
The blizzard so far has killed at least one person and has left 600,000 people without power.
The first death blamed on the blizzard was that of a man in his 70s, who was killed when a driver lost control of her car and hit him in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Meanwhile, utility companies report about 600,000 customers without power across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
The storm is expected to taper off from west to east in the afternoon. Snowfall is forecast to total 2 to 3 feet in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
So far, Hartford, Connecticut has been covered by 34 inches of snow, while St. James, New York, has 27.5 inches.
All flights leaving out of the Northeast have been canceled, as have all Amtrak services.