Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton, will be Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union on Tuesday.
Pendleton was part of the King Collage Prep High School band that performed at several inaugural events in Washington. The First Lady attended Pendleton’s funeral on Saturday.
Another mother, Carolyn Murray, who lost her 19-year-old son to a shooting, will also attend the speech as the guest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). Murray began “a community gun buyback program” in response to her son’s death.
President Obama is expected to call on Congress to adopt his comprehensive proposal to reduce gun violence. Democratic lawmakers have already introduced various measures to ban military-style weapons and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are working on legislation to expand background checks to all gun purchases and crackdown on gun trafficking.