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Chicago Police Charge Two Men With Killing Pendleton

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Two men were charged in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago student who attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington last month.

Kenneth Williams, 20, and Micheal Ward, 18, were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting, Chicago Police said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Both men were scheduled to appear in court today for a bond hearing, police said.

Pendleton was shot Jan. 29 one mile from President Barack Obama’s South Side home. She died after taking shelter from the rain with other students near King College Prep High School, where she was a band majorette and played volleyball. She was shot in the back, and a 16-year-old boy was wounded by a gunman who sped away in a car, police said.

The mid-afternoon shooting occurred beneath a metal canopy in a small park with brightly painted playground equipment. The violence belied the tidy order of a street with restored brownstones and newly constructed brick townhouses.

A police spokesman said yesterday the names of lawyers representing Williams and Ward weren’t immediately available.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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