Secret Service Prepares for Crowds at Hadiya Pendleton's Funeral

By Erica Demarest on February 8, 2013 6:12pm 

WASHINGTON PARK — Secret Service agents, Chicago police and other city personnel were setting up street barricades and preparing security measures Friday outside the church where slain teen Hadiya's Pendleton's wake and funeral will be held Saturday.

The 15-year-old King College Prep student was shot Jan. 29 in a park less than a mile from President Barack Obama's Kenwood home, and her death attracted national attention.

First lady Michelle Obama will attend the services Saturday, as will Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the mayor's office confirmed.

The wake will take place from 9-11 a.m. at Greater Harvet Baptist Church, 5141 S. State St., followed by the funeral until 2 p.m.

At least two Secret Service members were outside of the church Friday. Chicago Fire Department personnel, police and Streets and Sanitation workers were also around the area.

Secret Service would not comment on the security measures being taken in preparation for the first lady's visit.

Metal barricades were blocking the sidewalks from the street, and mourners will be funneled through an area with metal detectors being set up outside the church, said a city employee who didn't want to be named.

Parking restrictions in the 5100 block of South State Street go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m.

For a funeral that could be attended by thousands, nearby businesses were not informed of any security measures.

An employee of Jones Auto Center, located around the corner from the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, said no one told the business about security, parking or what to expect.

City workers salted the parking lot of Bearean Baptist Church, across the street from the baptist church where Hadiya's funeral will be held, in preparation for the lot to be used as parking, said a employee who didn't want to be named.

A white tent was erected outside the church where metal detectors would be set up, the employee said. Barricades would funnel mourners through the detectors for security.