CHICAGO TRIBUNE: 2 Charged With Murder In Hadiya Pendleton Slaying

Source: Chicago Tribune

Two men have  been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, prosecutors said.

Charged were Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, both of Chicago. The two face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm in the attack that also left two other teens wounded.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and other top police officials were expected to speak about the charges at the news conference at Area Central police headquarters this evening. Earlier today, McCarthy said charges were expected this evening.

“We will bring this all to closure, probably sometime this evening we’re anticipating hopefully that we’ll have charges,” McCarthy said at a news conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to announce a push for stiffer jail terms for people convicted of gun crimes.

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