Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday?

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The Shamiya tragedy:Sneed is wondering if the tragic death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover with friends Friday in West Garfield Park, will be addressed by first lady Michelle Obama when she hits town Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

In February 2013, Obama attended the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in a Kenwood park the week after she went to Washington, D.C., to attend inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama returned to Chicago the following April to speak at a fundraiser dedicated to making neighborhoods safer.

“Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her,” Obama said. “But I got to grow up and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine.”

Shamiya, the latest child murder victim caught in the crossfire of Chicago’s gang violence nightmare, has yet to be buried.

Funeral arrangements were still being worked out Monday by the Rev. George W. Daniels, the pastor of Adams’ church, First Baptist Congregational. “We should know something Tuesday or Wednesday,” a church spokesman said.

A vigil for Shamiya — who was killed by a stray bullet that passed through an open window and a wall before hitting her in the head while she prepared to make s’mores in her friend’s kitchen — was held near where she died Sunday.

The Rahm roster . . .

Re-election report: Following news that powerful Latino leader U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., had signed on as co-chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, Sneed has learned that Rahm’s campaign co-chair roster just added Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, a huge Dem vote-getter statewide.

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