Justice Prevails! Two Young Adults Charged In The Senseless Murder Of Hadiya Pendleton

February 12, 2013  |  

Source: AP

On January 29th, news spread like wildfire that Chicago teen, Hadiya Pendleton, who marched in President Obama’s inaugural parade a mere one week prior, had been gunned down in a Chicago park. This past Saturday, the 15-year-old was laid to rest following her funeral, which was held at Greater Harvest Baptist Church and attended by White House officials Valerie Jarrett, Arne Duncan and First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, only two days after Hadiya’s funeral, two young men have been charged with her murder, reports the Chicago Tribune.

According to police, the fire opened on Hadiya and her friends in the Chicago park on that fateful day, was a result of two gang members seeking revenge. Kenneth Williams, 20 and Michael Ward, 18 were both charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm. It appears that Hadiya and her friends were targeted in the shooting because Ward had somehow mistaken one of Hadiya’s friends for a rival gang member who had shot Williams back in July.

“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 police Superintendent Gary McCarthy during a press conference.

The two men were arrested by police on the night of Hadiya’s funeral as they were en route to a friend’s birthday celebration at a local strip club.

“I don’t even know what to say about that. They were going out to celebrate at a strip club,” Supt. McCarthy said.

While Ward confessed that he and Williams got out of a car, crept up on the unsuspecting teens in the park, opened fire and then fled the scene, Williams has yet to confess to anything and thus far, police have not recovered the murder weapons. Both men are scheduled to appear in bond court this morning.

Last night, when he learned of the charges being brought against Wald and Williams, Hadiya’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton expressed how relieved he was that his daughter’s killers were off the streets.

“I’m ecstatic that they found the two guys. (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 during a phone interview.


Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • Stew913

    The same of DC a lot os stupid senseless killing and it always the young folk 15-21. They just going around killing people without thinking. That just to tell you how dumb they are. Cause the rest of their lives is spent behing never to see the outside world again. Then they end up feeling sorry for what they did. What about the families who have to deal with losing a love one. Now we the tax payer have to take care of them in jail. I just don’t get it. Some thing have to done. Leathal injection is the best way out.

    • FAMURattler85

      Or capital punishment in the form of “an eye for an eye”. I think lethal injection is too “humane”. Criminals aren’t afraid of dying peacefully. They need to go out just like their victims did. Ijs

  • Sagittarius81

    These 2 pieces of worthless scum need to rot in prison, since there’s no death penalty here in Illinois. I have no sympathy for thugs, and thugs who kill innocent people.

  • Say What?

    This is crazy and senseless. What’s truly sad is that you have this sort of lifestyle glorified by trash like Chief Keef and others of his ilk. People especially children of this background grow up thinking that they have no alternative to life.

  • EspressoBean

    I’m skeptical. How can we be sure that they arrested the right people? There are so many murders in Chicago. How do we know this isn’t a type of Central Park Five situation, especially considering the media frenzy around this case? I really hope that these are the guys, but a part of me just isn’t completely relieved.

    • Sh3lala

      I agree people have been getting gunned down in Chicago for the last two years and we never hear of any progress; however, the little girl that sings for the president gets killed and we have an arrest? I skeptical as well.

  • Reese

    Chicago has the most senseless crime ever such as this case and the case a few years ago where the honor student was beat to death and it was filmed and put on YouTube.

    • KIR12

      You want to know the root of this senseless violence? I guarantee you their mamas are never married baby mamas. Who’s kids do you think are terrorizing the black community?

      • xxdiscoxxheaven

        My mom is a never married baby mama. I will be graduating college in two years with my BSN- RN and my brother leaves for college this year. Don’t judge. Oh and from Chicago.

        • Reese

          Don’t try to prove him/her wrong. He/she does this on almost every single post, it’s a few more like that around here. It’s not even worth your energy.

        • KIR12

          You are the exception to the rule! Let’s talk about facts. It’s now been 40 years and three generations of black baby mama homes. There IS NOT ONE black community in this country with high illegitmacy rates that is successful, productive and raising the majority of it’s kids (50% dropout rate) to compete academically with white kids. Not one! Every last one of them has a high crime rate, high unemployment and rate and stuck in poverty. We know as fact the majority of boys in prison (70%) come from single parent homes. Who’s kids do you all think are terrorizing the black community?

          Yes, 2 or 3 baby mama black kids out of 10 are successful but the rest will perish (dropouts/welfare/dead/prison) or will be stuck in dead end low paying menial jobs. 2 or 3 out of 10 is a disaster, dysfunction and failure in my book. I just don’t know why you think this type of dysfunction is worth fighting for.

      • Taj

        And where are the deadbeat fathers responsibilities or accountability for such mess in the black community?

        • KIR12

          Who in their right mind would expect a bum or player who has never made a commitment to you to be responsible just because you had his baby. You knew her was a bum before you laid with him.

          • Taj

            You see that is the funny part. It is always “someone” else who is the “bum”. However, when a woman considers a man to be a “bum” by her standards and not the “prize” that some men think they are, tro//s such as yourself like to raise cain. So what category are you in?

            A little “self” reflection will do you some good.

            • KIR12

              I don’t have a problem with black women wanting a certain type of man. I have a problem with them complaining when they can’t find the man they want.

              The logic and narrative of black women who want to get married (don’t settle & have fun wait until your 30’s to look for a husband) is extremely flawed. It doesn’t add up to the actual reality of millions of black women of over 30 women who desperately want to get married but can’t find a “good” husband. The majority of these women had multiple “good” men pursuing them in their 20’s who they ignored or rejected. Men they’d marry in a heartbeat today if they could. Who’s to blame?

              I’m not saying over 30 women aren’t desirable but her preference Mr Perfect….30’s, successful, attractive fun…. and his preference are not the same. That’s one of the reasons men respond differently to women over 30. His preference is a younger looking “you”. He might marry you but he’s definitely settling on the age point.

        • FAMURattler85

          Exactly! I got into it with another one of these “black female hating BOYS” the other day over the same thing.

      • Kenedy

        There’a alot more that goes into it than just a single black baby momma

  • I’m tired of these idiot gang members and their cases of mistaken identity…how about you be sure who you’re shooting at before you just open fire on a group of people you freaking morons!!!! this child did not have to die wtf!

    • She Speaks

      …or they could just stop the violence in general, too.

    • Taj

      Or they could go out in an open dessert like in the wild west and shoot at each other as they hide behind brushes and leave innocent people out of their f**kery. These thugs are cowards. Let a swat team roll up on their a**es and we will soon see how big and bad they really are.