2 in custody in connection with shooting death of Hadiya Pendelton
One day after 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton was laid to rest, police say two persons of interest are being questioned. No charges have been filed. The young men were pulled over sometime overnight near 67th and South Chicago Ave.
Police say Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally called Hadiya’s parents to share the news.
The King College Prep student was gunned down in Harsh Park a week after she performed at events for President Obama’s inauguration. Police say a gunman hopped a fence and opened fire on a group of teens who were huddled together under an awning to escape the rain.
“If there’s any truth to this, it is comforting to know that one less killer is off the streets, possibly,” said Shatira Wilks, a cousin and the family’s spokesperson.
Hadiya’s family was invited to attend the State of the Union in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Following the address, President Obama will take his policy proposals on the road. He has three stops planned, including one in Chicago on Friday, where he is expected to discuss gun violence.