Hadiya Pendleton charges

Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old honors student who danced for President Obama during his Inauguration last month.

The two men in custody, Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, are violent gang members who mistook Hadiya Pendleton's group of friends for members of a rival gang, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police took Ward and Williams into custody just a day after First Lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya's funeral in Chicago.

Hadiya Pendleton charges

Ward confessed to police that he and Williams mistook Pendleton's friends for gang members who shot and wounded Williams last July, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Monday night, according to The Tribune.

Hadiya was fatally shot as she and a group of friends sought cover from the rain in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on Jan. 29. Ward confessed that he and Williams crept up behind the group, climbed over a fence and opened fire on the teenagers. 2 other teens were wounded in the attack which occurred 2 blocks from the Obamas' upscale Kenwood home.

"The offenders had it all wrong. They thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. Instead it was a group of upstanding, determined kids who, like Hadiya, were repulsed by the gang lifestyle," said McCarthy during the news conference.

McCarthy said Ward was already on probation for an earlier weapons conviction. McCarthy blamed the state of Illinois' lack of mandatory minimum as the reason a violent offender was allowed to roam the streets.

"This incident did not have to occur," McCarthy said. "And if mandatory minimums existed in the state of Illinois, Michael Ward would not have been on the street to commit this heinous act."

After canvassing the neighborhood more more clues and speaking with parolees, detectives zeroed in on the two suspects.

McCarthy said detectives had stopped Ward in his Nissan Sentra two days after the shooting. That traffic stop tied Ward to the shooting after Hadiya's friends mentioned a Nissan Sentra driving away from the scene of the crime.

Early Sunday police pulled over the car the suspects were riding in as they headed to a strip club to celebrate the birthday of another gang member.

"I don't even know what to say about that," McCarthy said. "They were going out to celebrate at a strip club."

Neither man confessed to being the shooter and police have not recovered a weapon, The Tribune reports. The men are due n court for a bond hearing on today (Feb. 12).

Hadiya's father, Nathaniel Pendleton, was ecstatic at the news of the arrests. "(I'm) thanking God that these two guys are off the streets, so that this doesn't happen to another innocent person," he told The Tribune.

Pendleton and his wife, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton are guests of President Obama in Washington D.C., where they will attend the president's State of the Union Address tonight (Feb. 12).

In his State of the Union speech President Obama plans to outline his plans to stimulate the economy by raising taxes.

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    • Flawless

      Thank Goodness, may she rest in peace.

      Good Morning :waves:

    • LadieLeo

      This story is so sad :(

    • LadieLeo

      Morning Flawless :hi:

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      See where the thug life will get you?

      I saw this all over FB last night. thnk god they have been taken in.

    • Flawless

      Morning LadieLeo :hi:

    • http://Www.yallaintchit.com Man, I just don’t care™

      May she rest in peace and may the GUILTY rot in hell.
      :coffee:

    • Afiya

      This is WONDERFUL news...now if we could only get the guns outta criminals hands...that would be powerful.

    • luVn_liFe…

      IDIOTs!

    • LSLH

      Hallelujah! I'm so happy that the police were able to arrest the suspects. Headed to a strip club though??? After murdering this child??? No remorse.

    • NaijaGal

      so had this precious young lady not performed for President Obama, you would not even think about posting this story...and what exactly does President Obama's economic strategies have to do with finding these murder suspects...amazing that this is about finding justice for this young lady yet President Obama is infused throughout this story :blink: anyway RIP to this young lady and may God continue to give strength to her family and friends

    • Flawless

      I apologize but this statement right here irks me >>> "2 other teens were wounded in the attack which occurred 2 blocks from the Obamas’ upscale Kenwood home."
      What dies that have to do with an innocent young life being ripped away from her and the other two teens that were wounded? I don't even see why it's mentioned .. just my thoughts

    • luVn_liFe…

      Hadiya was fatally shot as she and a group of friends sought cover from the rain in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on Jan. 29. Ward confessed that he and Williams crept up behind the group, climbed over a fence and opened fire on the teenagers.
      ~ ~ ~
      This makes mY heart heavy,How terrifying :no:

    • MsOnederful

      Early Sunday police pulled over the car the suspects were riding in as they headed to a strip club to celebrate the birthday of another gang member.

      GOOD now they can strip for Bubba n Dem..if they are in fact guilty of this. SMH

    • LadieLeo

      Ward confessed that he and Williams crept up behind the group, climbed over a fence and opened fire on the teenagers.
      *******************
      Doing all this covert option type stuff but not stop to make sure it was the "right target". I mean its crazy they were targeting anyone but my goodness.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Good :tea:

    • luVn_liFe…

      “And if mandatory minimums existed in the state of Illinois, Michael Ward would not have been on the street to commit this heinous act.”
      ~ ~ ~ ~
      they have this in FL.
      10 yrs PULL a Gun

      20 if you FIRE

      LIFE if u hit someone

    • Flawless

      MsOnederful says:
      GOOD now they can strip for Bubba n Dem..if they are in fact guilty of this. SMH
      ---------------------
      RIGHT!!! :rofl:

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      how ol dude going to the skrip cluh looking like a nappy hobbit though? I thought men thought to look nice no matter if they were going to a skrip cluh or a regular club. :shrug:

    • WorkInProgress

      :waves: GM everyone. :hug: LuVn how are you today snookums?
      RIP Hadiya and I wish these thugs up top could be skinned alived or dropped in a boiling pot of oil.

    • Breezy

      This is promising news. May her family and friends continue to find strength during this time.

    • VDot

      Early Sunday police pulled over the car the suspects were riding in as they headed to a strip club to celebrate the birthday of another gang member.

      ___________________________________________________

      This is the scary part. They kill with no remorse and keep the party going :no:

    • luVn_liFe…

      WIP!!! :hug: Morning MaaM . . who's that in Yo GRAVIE?
      Im well YOU?

      Im here for a little tuhday.Had a Manic monday Yesterday

    • Miany

      @Luvn....I saw your post below. I'm glad celebs are still showing up to support the Martin family. It's almost been a year and we know how soon people forget.

    • that_VA_thickchick

      Praying for her family to have peace and strength. I couldn't imagine having to bury my child. Especially when it's such a senseless act of violence. So sad.

    • Milky

      :hi:
      afiya
      msonederful
      flawless
      lslh
      man

    • LadieLeo

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:
      how ol dude going to the skrip cluh looking like a nappy hobbit though? I thought men thought to look nice no matter if they were going to a skrip cluh or a regular club
      **************************
      I figure long as they money looks nice it don't matter if their head look crazy :tea:

    • Milky

      :hi:
      jenie
      miany :hug:
      vdot
      breezy
      wip

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      LadieLeo says:

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:
      how ol dude going to the skrip cluh looking like a nappy hobbit though? I thought men thought to look nice no matter if they were going to a skrip cluh or a regular club
      **************************
      I figure long as they money looks nice it don’t matter if their head look crazy
      ---------
      i cam agree with you on this. :lol:

    • LadieLeo

      Hey Milky.....I saw you spoke downstairs

    • WorkInProgress

      LuVn that's Keke Palmer. Am good keeping busy with work and studies. hope you have a terrific Tuesday. Cute Gravi.

    • Miany

      In the grand scheme of things mandatory minimums don't really prevent life-time criminals (sad to say many of these young men are already lifetime criminals at this age) or deter would be criminals from crime.

    • NaijaGal

      I thought men thought to look nice no matter if they were going to a skrip cluh or a regular club
      ===========================
      but they're not men though...just some boys who haven't grown up...sad

    • WorkInProgress

      :hi: Milky

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      I wanted to stay in my bed this morning... it was nice and warm.

    • NaijaGal

      In the grand scheme of things mandatory minimums don’t really prevent life-time criminals (sad to say many of these young men are already lifetime criminals at this age) or deter would be criminals from crime.
      =====================
      :cosign: and some people are born evil imo

    • luVn_liFe…

      @MAINY . .
      Yes,this isnt going to be forgoTTen.
      also Zimmerman ATTy is repping another guy in Orlando,Trying to use the Stand ur ground def

    • luVn_liFe…

      WIP . . .
      WOW,she LO_OKs soo GROWN :thumbsup:

    • that_VA_thickchick

      NaijaGal says:

      In the grand scheme of things mandatory minimums don’t really prevent life-time criminals (sad to say many of these young men are already lifetime criminals at this age) or deter would be criminals from crime.
      =====================
      and some people are born evil imo

      _________________________________________________________

      :cosign: Like, what is in the food or prenatal vitamins or whatever that just has people being so heartless at such young ages. A second grader waved a loaded gun on the school bus the other day. And from what I read, it wasn't some innocent accident. He was TRYING to terrify those kids. He should have BEEN getting that azz :spank:

    • MsOnederful

      :waves:

      Milky
      WIP
      Miani
      LadyLeo
      Bedazzled
      Luvnlife
      flawless
      BREEZY
      Man
      VA
      Jenie

      :waves:

    • NaijaGal

      I knew I saw dude in the pic's face before...he used to be the police chief in Newark NJ...saw him in that documentary Brick City...so he finally chunked the deuces to Corey Booker

    • luVn_liFe…

      :hi: MsWonderFul MorNiNg

    • INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST

      GLAD THEY MADE AN ARREST HOWEVER IT'S SAD TO SEE IT'S THE NORM SOME YOUNG BLACK MEN WHO MALICIOUSLY TOOK A LIFE WITH NO REGARDS TO WHO THEY WERE SHOOTING AT SIMPLY TO GAIN SOME NOTORIETY AMONGST THEIR FELLOW LOW LIFES THEY ASSOCIATE WITH

      MAY SHE REST IN PEACE, AND GOD BE WITH HER FAMILY & FRIENDS ESPECIALLY HER PARENTS-DESPITE THEIR ARREST AND POSSIBLE CONVICTION, THEIR BABY GIRL IS GONE FOREVER

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      @VA it's in the tap water... :lol: and sometimes some women dont even take vitamins while pregnant. mostly because they cost too much?? but flintstones do the same thing so :shrug:

      as for that second grader there should be no excuse as to why he was able to access a loaded gun at home. I bet money one of his parents is "about that life".

    • Flawless

      :hi: MsOnederful

    • WorkInProgress

      WOW,she LO_OKs soo GROWN
      ............

      I know right? I could not believe that was her.
      :hi: MsOnederful

    • Nakeya_j

      :newpost: smh Kat Stacks

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      hey msone!

    • that_VA_thickchick

      :hi: MsOnederful

      @ Razzle-I tried to take those damn horse pills. My body was like :no: And I can take pills. But those big nasty muhfuggas I could NOT handle. And you're right, his family is probably "about that life" and I'm wondering if the house got searched as a result of this incident. Hopefully so. Probably all kinda bullshyt going on in there.

    • Breezy

      Hey Milky and Msone

    • LadieLeo

      :hi: MsOnederful

    • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81fS9TV392h0833a Bedazzled His Razzle

      @VA- I took flintstones :lol: the dr told me to because they stunk so bad and made me gag. I never gag. :no: I think it's time they looked into remaking the shape and taste of the prenatal vitamins :lol:

    • xamayca

      Good to hear justice will be served!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIBVMdplt94&feature=related <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      More arrests are needed! WHOMEVER was harboring them should be in jail too! Grandma! Auntie! Who-the-Fu*k-Ever! :cuss:

      Folks need to UNDERSTAND that this ish is real.

    • http://www.philly.com/ J Said it!

      NOw they could solved the rest of the 500+ plus murders.. These 2 dumb azzes and the others that didn get caught yet, should receive a one way ticket to a third world coutry signed good luck!

      Fighting war against themselves how about fighting for equal pay, fair education and opportunities And where are the so called parents that create these monsters.. This is sickening and genocide on blacks across every urban city and should not be tolerated by blacks. Blacks want to feel safe, have their kids attend good school and prosper, but you know they group us all with the angry man thing. Its time to stand and stop waiting for us to be linked to a politician to stand. Even if it means standing us our own. If your not for us youre against us And when I said for us, it means at all times, not a front for TV and big newstories or a political agenda!!! Wake up

    • http://www.philly.com/ J Said it!

      obama dude, dont raise my damn taxes, since 1/15/13, theyre taking more out of my check and all that hoopla about the fiscal cliff and come to find out FICA is taking more money.. yall play too damn much

    • http://santanasantana.wix.com/artist San

      the attack which occurred 2 blocks from the Obamas’ upscale Kenwood home.
      _________________
      Now if we could quite bringing this ISH up...Has nothing to do with nothing

    • 205bamaboy

      Scruff McGruff
      Chicago, Illinois 60652

    • 205bamaboy

      Scruff McGruff
      Chicago, Illinois 60652