Cops Question 2 in Chicago Teen's Slaying
No charges yet in Hadiya Pendleton case
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2013 12:09 AM CST
The remains of Hadiya Pendleton are taken to her final resting place at the Cedar Park Cemetery Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Calumet Park, Ill.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Police are questioning two persons of interest in the murder of Hadiya Pendleton, the promising 15-year-old shot down in a Chicago park just weeks after performing at the presidential inauguration, the Chicago Tribune reports. Two men, ages 18 and 20, were taken into custody this weekend. So far, police haven't filed charges. One of the men was driving a Nissan, the same car spotted in Hadiya's shooting, which is thought to be a possible gang-war accident.

The men are suspected members of the Gangster Disciples, a group that has been feuding in the area where Hadiya was shot. One of the men has a previous weapons conviction. Police had witnesses try to pick out the men in lineups, the Chicago Sun-Times notes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Hadiya's parents to tell them about the development, a source tells the Tribune. "We're just happy that Chicago police have some leads and things are moving," her father says.

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19_56_19_55
Feb 13, 2013 9:17 AM CST
OUTLAW GANGS there's not a crime that involves money or more guns that a gang won't go after.
meifert
Feb 11, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Further evidence that gun control doesn't work since these underage gang members got hold of them. And honestly, most of the time gangs get who they come for, and she was the only person killed.
Imhotep
Feb 11, 2013 7:31 AM CST
Had a shooting incident over the weekend in my town during a major event. Guy that lives in the area said not to worry, tourists should still come. It's nothing that doesn't happen in every city and parking lot in the country. And said this nonchalantly. What does that tell you about how violent and dangerous the cities are in this country. Tourists are welcome, just don't forget your body armour.