The family of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton has reportedly been invited to another White House function by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and her 10-year-old son Nathaniel Pendleton were invited to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll held on April 1, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Pendleton family has been present at various political events such as the President’s State of the Union speech. The first lady also attended the funeral of the slain teen.
The death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down just weeks after performing at the President’s inauguration festivities, continues to be the pinnacle of Chicago violence.
Senator Dick Durbin named his most recent gun bill after Pendleton and is confident it will pass.
The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013, a section of which is named after Pendleton, would call for sentences of 15 to 25 years for straw purchases. It also would create the first federal statute that specifically criminalizes firearm trafficking.
Pendleton’s parents, still grieving from their daughter’s death, said they’re grateful for the efforts to curb violence.
“If something can come good out of this, I’m grateful. No other parent needs to go through this,” said Nate Pendleton.