Cops Question 2 in Chicago Teen's Slaying

No charges yet in Hadiya Pendleton case

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2013 12:09 AM CST

(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.

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.
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)
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