A White House official tells ABC7 that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago on Saturday to attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton.
Mrs. Obama will be joined by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The 15-year-old King College Prep drum majorette was shot to death not far from the first family's South Side home soon after performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities.
Pendleton's shooting death attracting national attention to Chicago's homicide and violence problem as local, state and federal officials push for stronger gun legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre.
Saturday's funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Greater Harvest Baptist Church, 5141 S. State, in Chicago.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to speak at the services.