Michelle Obama to Hadiya Pendleton's Classmates: 'They Don’t Believe You Are Real'

The 15-year-old girl had taken part in President Obama's inauguration. The first lady attended her funeral.

First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address during graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 at Dr. Martin Luther King College Preparatory High School held on the campus of Chicago State University, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago.

Photograph: AP Photo/Christian K Lee

In a high school graduation speech Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama urged students on the South Side of Chicago to take inspiration from a classmate, Hadiya Pendleton, whose shooting death led to calls to address gun violence.

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