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Mother of D.C. murder victim to attend State of the Union

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Politics,Local,DC,Crime,Alan Blinder

The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was killed in a 2010 drive-by shooting in the District will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said Monday that she had invited Nardyne Jefferies to attend Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress.

"Nardyne Jefferies' presence representing the District at the president's State of the Union speech helps us make the point that, for decades, gun violence has taken our kids with little national attention to the thousands of big-city child and adult victims here and throughout the country," Norton said in a statement.

Jefferies' daughter, Brishell Jones, was among the five youths killed in an eight-day spate of violence in 2010. Nine other people were wounded in the attacks, which began over a dispute about costume jewelry, that are collectively known as the South Capitol Street Massacre.

Last year, three men received sentences of life without parole for their roles in the carnage.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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