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First lady Michelle Obama was among the mourners at the funeral of a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death eight days after performing with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
As you know, a funeral was held for Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old victim of gun violence who was killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was a high school honor student and a member of the majorette squad that performed at President Obama’s inauguration. She was fatally shot about a mile from the president’s home.
Police are still searching for the suspected gang member who gunned her down.
The L.A. Times published an article about Hadiya’s funeral that brought me to tears, but it was something at the very end of the piece that caught my eye, something I hope a lot of people will now share widely:
[Damon] Stewart, Hadiya’s godfather, talked about how the teen had become an important symbol for people. He said he had read a Facebook post that said, “I’m not going to buy into the hype. What makes this girl so much better than the others?”
He had an answer: “She is important because all those other people who died are important. She is important because all of the families who were silent, she speaks for them. She is a representative of the people across the nation who have lost their lives.”
“I’m not going to buy into the hype.” Hype? Really? The story of yet another child with a promising future and an infectious smile who had her life cut short by a murderer’s bullet is “hype”?
What Hadiya’s godfather said was spot on: She speaks for others who died the same way. She was, and still is, important. And that’s no hype.
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The gentle sweetness of today’s remembrance was so touching, as were the songs and spoken words. Here are some of those moments:
Just now, on CNN, Cate Edwards, Elizabeth’s daughter, said, “In her last days, we sat by her side and she kept looking at us back and forth saying ‘I’m ok, I’m ok’.”
She was comforting them. Tears, and more tears.
However, as we mourn, we can take some comfort in knowing that the insensitive, bigoted beasts from Westboro “Church” ended up looking like the pathetic little amoebas that they are:
Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) — More than 1,200 mourners, including hundreds who loved and admired Elizabeth Edwards from a distance, packed a Raleigh church Saturday to pay respects to the activist and estranged wife of a failed aspirant to the presidency. [...]
Other public mourners included as many 150 supporters who gathered a few blocks away from the church for a counter-demonstration against a group of picketers from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. [...]
In the end, only five Westboro congregants showed for the protest, which took place in a cold, steady rain.
Scum sucking bottom feeders. I have a funny feeling that they might come up against some resistance.
Raleigh, N.C. — A Kansas church famous for its anti-homosexual protests at funerals plans to protest at the Saturday funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest for 45 minutes before the funeral set for 1 p.m. at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh, according to the church’s website.
The Westboro church website throws invective at Edwards but gives no specific reason why they chose to protest her funeral.
The Topeka, Kansas, church is well known for holding anti-homosexual protests at funerals, often at those of soldiers. The church, which is not affiliated with any larger Baptist group, is led by Fred Phelps and mostly attended by his family members.
Edwards, 61, died Tuesday at her Chapel Hill home after a six-year battle with breast cancer.
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