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Tribune reports: The Hadiya Pendleton slaying

Read ongoing coverage of the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old Chicago high school student.

  • Video confession in Hadiya's slaying sealed months after its public filing

    Video confession in Hadiya's slaying sealed months after its public filing

    In a windowless interview room in 2013, a pair of Chicago detectives predicted the future of the man they believed had killed Hadiya Pendleton. "You are gonna go downstairs, and you are gonna go to county (jail)," one detective told Micheail Ward. "You're gonna get a public defender, and this case...

  • Prosecutors allowed to use gang evidence in Hadiya Pendleton slaying

    Prosecutors allowed to use gang evidence in Hadiya Pendleton slaying

    Prosecutors in the 2013 killing of honors student Hadiya Pendletoncan put on evidence at trial about both defendants' alleged gang ties, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Nicholas Ford ruled that the alleged gang activity of co-defendants Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams was "highly relevant"...

  • Prosecutors can use defendant's silence as admission in Hadiya slaying

    Prosecutors can use defendant's silence as admission in Hadiya slaying

    In a blow for one of two men charged in the 2013 killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a Cook County judge on Tuesday allowed prosecutors to use his silence — when his co-defendant told other friends of the shooting a short time later — as a "tacit admission" of guilt. As they rode in a car...

  • Suspect in Hadiya's killing claims gang leader forced him to shoot

    Suspect in Hadiya's killing claims gang leader forced him to shoot

    In revealing transcripts just made public, one suspect in the killing of honors student Hadiya Pendleton told police that he had cried not long after the shooting because a gang leader had pressured him to open fire. The transcripts of a series of videotaped police interviews of Micheail Ward —...

  • Gun victim's mother speaks out against gun violence at Kelly event

    Gun victim's mother speaks out against gun violence at Kelly event

    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told supporters Saturday she refused to stand in silence during a recent legislative session to recognize the victims of a mass shooting. "We stand up and sit down and do nothing," she said. "It's so hypocritical." Speaking during a campaign fundraising event at Idlewild Country...

  • Hadiya Pendleton's parents stand with Obama during gun control briefing

    Hadiya Pendleton's parents stand with Obama during gun control briefing

    The parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton stood with President Barack Obama in the White House on Tuesday as he announced executive actions on gun control. Obama, who grew teary in his remarks, spoke in the East Room before dozens of people who like the Pendletons have lost loved ones...

  • Michelle Obama honors Chicago grads, slain classmate Hadiya Pendleton

    Michelle Obama honors Chicago grads, slain classmate Hadiya Pendleton

    An empty chair in the third row, adorned with a lavender cloth, purple ribbon and fresh flowers, marked the spot where Hadiya Pendleton would have sat at her high school graduation Tuesday night. The chair was one of the ways former classmates acknowledged the slain 15-year-old honors student at...

  • Gun violence awareness: Hadiya Pendleton 'would've been 18,' her mom notes

    Gun violence awareness: Hadiya Pendleton 'would've been 18,' her mom notes

    Cleo Pendleton stood before dozens of people at Harold Washington Park, expressing gratitude for the groundswell in Chicago that made Tuesday a day of nationwide gun violence awareness. She also wondered openly about the life and death that inspired it. "Today is an especially hard day because...

  • Bronzeville playground will honor slain teen Hadiya Pendleton

    Bronzeville playground will honor slain teen Hadiya Pendleton

    The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously agreed to rename an expanded Bronzeville neighborhood park after slain student Hadiya Pendleton. Once construction is completed next year at the Buckthorn Playlot Park at 4345 S. Calumet Ave., the site will be named for and...

  • Prosecutors: Suspect in Hadiya killing admitted shooting minutes later

    Prosecutors: Suspect in Hadiya killing admitted shooting minutes later

    Shortly after 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot dead while taking shelter with schoolmates from rain in a South Side park, her two killers stopped to pick up two friends who were also walking home from school, Cook County prosecutors say. The friends later told authorities that Kenneth Williams...

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