Tribune reports: The Hadiya Pendleton slaying

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

  • Trial finally set in 2013 killing of honor student Hadiya Pendleton

    Trial finally set in 2013 killing of honor student Hadiya Pendleton

    Nearly five years after the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton made national headlines as a symbol of Chicago’s entrenched gun violence, a trial has finally been scheduled for the two reputed gang members charged in her slaying. The trial of the alleged gunman, Micheail Ward, now 24, and co-defendant...

  • Judge again rejects tossing confession in Hadiya Pendleton's slaying

    Judge again rejects tossing confession in Hadiya Pendleton's slaying

    A Cook County judge on Monday rejected a second bid by defense attorneys to exclude as evidence an extensive confession from one of the men charged in Hadiya Pendleton's slaying. After more than three hours of testimony and arguments, Judge Nicholas Ford said he found no evidence that Micheail...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Video shows how detectives obtained a confession in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton

    Video shows how detectives obtained a confession in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton

    The detective's banging on a metal door roused 18-year-old Micheail Ward from a light sleep. For the past 13 hours, Ward had remained mostly silent in a cramped, windowless Chicago police interview room as detectives pressed the reputed gang member over and over again to admit his involvement in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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