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04.10.1310:17 PM ET

Michelle Obama: I Was Hadiya Pendleton

First Lady gives emotional speech in her hometown of Chicago, where 15-year-old Pendleton was gunned down in January.

The first lady gave an emotional speech in her hometown of Chicago on Wednesday, touching on gun control and the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in January at a park not far from the Obamas' Chicago home. "Right now, my husband is fighting as hard as he can and engaging as many people as he can to pass common-sense reforms to protect our children from gun violence," she said. Obama also talked about her experience growing up on Chicago's South Side where she was like Pendleton and other young people, except that she had certain advantages, such as adults who pushed her, good schools, and a safe neighborhood. "In the end, that was the difference between growing up and becoming a lawyer, a mother and first lady of the United States, and being shot dead at the age of 15," she said.

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