Two charged in slaying of Chicago honor student
Posted at: 02/11/2013 8:27 PM
| Updated at: 02/11/2013 8:42 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
Authorities say they've filed murder charges against two gang members in the death of a 15-year-old honor student who was fatally shot last month near the Chicago home of President Barack Obama.
Chicago police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said 18-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams were charged Monday with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Hadiya Pendleton.
Both men also are charged with two counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Police say Pendleton was talking with friends in a Chicago park when one suspect ran toward the group, opened fire and then fled in a car.
The Jan. 29 shooting made national headlines because Pendleton had recently returned from Washington, where she'd performed during inauguration festivities with her high school band.
First lady Michelle Obama attended Pendleton's funeral on Saturday in Chicago. Pendleton's parents, Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, will sit with the first lady during Tuesday's State of the Union speech, which is expected to mention gun violence.