February 12, 2013
Chicago Police: Man Confesses To Killing 15-Year-Old Hadiya Pendleton
Suspects mistakenly thought the 15-year-old was a rival gang member
(WGNTV) Two young men are charged in the shooting death of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton.
Kenneth Williams, 20, and Micheail Ward, 18, are both charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm. They are due in bond court Tuesday morning.
Speaking at a news conference Monday night, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the motive for the shooting was retaliation. The suspects were trying to get back at rival gang members for shooting Williams in July, but they targeted the wrong group, said McCarthy.
“Micheail Ward confessed,” said McCarthy. “Hadiya was not the intended target.”
On Jan. 29th, Hadiya was at Harsh Park with several teens huddled under an awning to escape the rain. Police say the gunman hopped a fence and opened fire. Hadiya was fatally shot. Two other teens were injured.
Video from CNN. They talk to some of the girl's family who said that they are 'elated' that these men have been taken off the street