Two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a case of mistaken identity in which one of those charged was trying to retaliate for his being shot last year, authorities said.
Charged were Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, both of Chicago. The two face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm in the attack that also left two other teens wounded. Ward, who confessed, was believed to be the shooter, police said.
Williams had been shot in July, but refused to sign a complaint against those police suspected in that attack. Williams and Ward targeted the group Hadiya was with because they believed, mistakenly, they were members of the gang responsible for that shooting, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a news conference at Area Central police headquarters this evening.