2 Charged in Death Girl Who Performed at Inauguration

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chi-teen-shotCHICAGO — The teenager who police say shot and killed Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton was on probation for unlawful use of a firearm, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday night.

Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, were each charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, McCarthy told reporters. They were also charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

They will make their first appearance in court on Tuesday morning.

Ward confessed to shooting Hadiya and two others in late January in a case of mistaken identity, McCarthy said.

chi-girl-suspectsPolice said Ward and Williams were gang members seeking revenge against the people who had shot Williams in July.

He and Ward thought they had spotted members of a rival gang at the park when police said Ward sneaked up on Hadiya and her friends and began shooting.

“Ward crept on foot, spraying gun fire,” McCarthy said.

Williams was the getaway driver, the superintendent said.

McCarthy said Ward was sentenced to two years’ probation in January 2012 for unlawful use of a firearm.

The charges come 12 days after Hadiya was shot to death at a park in what her godfather, Damon Stuart, described as an “ideal community” on Chicago’s South Side.

Her death occurred a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding Obama’s second inauguration.

The killing — which occurred in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood near the Obamas’ Chicago home — drew the first couple’s attention.

First lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya’s funeral and her husband wrote a note to Hadiya’s family that was printed on the funeral program: “We know that no words from us can soothe the pain, but rest assured that we are praying for you, and that we will continue to work as hard as we can to end this senseless violence.”

Hadiya, who often urged friends to stay away from gangs, was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep School.

Her slaying — the 42nd in the city this year — also highlighted the problem of gun violence in Chicago. More than 500 people were fatally shot in 2012.

White House spokesman Jay Carney described her death as a “terrible tragedy.”

“The president has more than once, when he talks about gun violence in America, referred not just to the horror of Newtown or Aurora or Virginia Tech or Oak Creek, but to shootings on the corner in Chicago or other parts of the country,” Carney told reporters.

“And this is just another example of the problem we need to deal with.”

2013 has gotten off to a deadly start in Chicago — Pendleton was the year’s 42nd murder victim.

In 2012, 506 people were slain in the city.

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  • 2nd ammendment

    Guaranteed it's the n-i-g-g-e-r-s at it again with their killer mentality. They didn't care who they shot and killed. THEY ONLY KNOW VIOLENCE. It's VERY obvious.

  • mark


    • jusmi

      whats up ktla letting these two cold hearted racist morons comment about such a horrible situation ………you morons must never have been loved or hugged not our fault keep your comments to yourselves

    • n i g g e r

      And you think the Negresses aren't.they are all sub human. The missing link if you will,… between apes and man. This was a plague our forefathers brought upon us unintentionally no one saw Lincoln coming..The country's been going down hill ever since they were unchained.

      • Guest

        Your forefathers my A** ! Boy, you're a lot dumber than what i thought. Must be that 3rd grade education you got from that white elementary school you went to. If you don't like it here, then get the hell out of the Country!!

      • NoCal

        No, just telling the truth. For example, where are all the WHITE people in Inglewood? Huh? They were ALL ran out of the city BECAUSE of the militant jigs. Many other cities, same thing. I'm from that area, so I happen to know what I'm talking about, and WE were ran out of our city because of the shootings and killings too. That's right, just stay in denial, as most do, because you want to be PC. Bullschitt to that.

        Get an education, jerk.

        • Endracism

          So please tell me this since you have so eloquently brought in race. When was the last time an African American killed for literally no reason? Yes this girls life was lost innocently and it should have never happened. These two African American men should be punished, but as you ponder the question, the answer is almost never. Since you brought race into this the Caucasians have literally been doing this for centuries inexcusably. Starting with the entirety of Europe and there malicious ways and ruling all the way up to the Newtown guy. It wasn't a black who shot in Colorado or bombed in Oklahoma.

          If you look at it closely African Americans typically harm their own community and usually with a concrete motive weather agreeable or not! The Caucasians have killed with no motive and no intent and when investigated the reason for killing is mental illness. Ok fair! But in most cases an African American after investigation is deemed a cold hard criminal.

          With all this said I say please end your prejudices. After all your correct Caucasians did get ran out of inglewood due to African Americans but just like we tore it down we brought it back up as seen in south central Los Angeles Compton and many more areas. After all your argument is invalid because yet again it was the Caucasians who came in and took the land from the NATIVE Americans.

    • Mew

      Sad thing is, while I'm sure you're nothing more than a troll, I know there are people out there who really do think like you. Makes me fear for some of my friends who have never done anything wrong, but who may some day end up victim to someone with your mentality.

    • Joanna

      With remarks like that it makes one wonder how intelligent you really are. If you believe that your so called 'white' people don't live in Inglewood, then you are sorely mistaken. Ignorant people are always the ones to slap a label on an entire group of people and think they are correct in doing so. What if someone decided to judge all Caucasians by their historical and present day track record. If you don't know what I mean then research it. Educate yourself, not just spew regurgitated propaganda.

    • Guest

      Who cares what 2nd amendment and mark has to say. Totally meaningless. Just to male lovers that hates society and likes to fudge pack each other before going to sleep together. Hey 2nd, before you start opening that mouth of yours instead of using it on mark. Try to learn how to spell. OK?

  • James

    Maybe that dude in the White House might get the idea that government really needs to put an end to ghetto crime that is very common in many cities, instead of making excuses for these low life animals who do this all the time.

    • joanna

      You really expect 1 man to put an end to what has been going on for many years even before he was born? Really? Last time I heard he was just a flesh and blood man, not God. Besides, many past presidents had the opportunity as well and did absolutely nothing.

  • I'm a cracker too

    Remind me how criminals would obey gun restrictions. Gun restrictions would only remove guns from law abiding citizens. Criminals don't follow rules.

  • Pappa Domino

    Chicago should evacuate the city of people, build a wall around it and only let the good people back in. Lock all the others out.

  • cathyy

    It's sad this happens. It's our society that has gone from bad to worse. No one wants to take responsibility. Gun laws are great but No One needs them. Criminals will always get guns. What we need is the old saying "an eye fir an eye" If you commit a crime you do the time. And we need need jails built in the desserts just like Arizona has for those criminals who murder and kill innocent victims. We need to do away with the "innocent till proven guilty" carp. YOU CCOMMIT THE CRIME IF ANY NATURE YOU GO TO JAIL PERIOD!!!!!! Those victims will never get justice so shy should criminals.


    How is this news? People get shot up everyday, gun control activist are just using this to push their agenda. Anyone want to put money down that she was most like associated with gang baggers, yes I meant baggers.

  • Jal

    69 times more likely to die from heart disease
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    16 times more likely to die from respiratory diseases
    15 times more likely to die from a stroke
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    8 times more likely to die from diabetes
    6 times more likely to die from the flu or pneumonia
    4.5 times more likely to know someone who committed suicide
    3.5 times more likely to die in a car crash
    2 times more likely to know someone who committed suicide with a firearm
    ….. than get murdered with a firearm.
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