Courtesy of The Huffington Post
First Lady Michelle Obama teared up as she gave a speech on gun violence in Chicago on Wednesday.
Obama, who was in Chicago to speak with business leaders about the need to eliminate gun violence, held back tears as she remembered Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities and was shot and killed in Chicago days later.
“Let me tell you, it is hard to know what to say to a room full of teenagers who are about to bury their best friend,” Obama said. “But I started by telling them that Hadiya was clearly on her way to doing something truly worthy with her life. I told them that there is a reason that we’re here on this earth, that each of us has a mission in this world, and I urged them to use their lives to give meaning to Hadiya’s life.”