First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a luncheon Wednesday to boost Mayor Emauel’s initiative to help at-risk youth in Chicago. She spoke about slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton. The First Lady attended Pendelton’s funeral.
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Two suspects in the high-profile fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton pleaded not guilty today to dozens of counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.
Michael Ward, the alleged shooter, was indicted on 141 counts of first-degree murder alone, prompting his attorney to blast Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
“I want to ask (Alvarez): ‘Why are you doing this?’ ” said Jeff Granich, Ward’s lawyer. “It’s ridiculous and stupid. It’s an extremely cheap way of getting attention. It’s a waste of paper.
“It’s a stunt,” he said.
The shooting of the 15-year-old has become a national symbol of Chicago’s scourge of gun violence.
Sen. Dick Durbin honors Hadiya and other victims of gun violence during a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday morning.
Chicago police announce murder charges in the death of Hadiya Pendleton
Mayor Emanuel and city leaders demand stricter gun laws – the announcement comes as two people are questioned in the murder of Hadiya Pendleton.
Police are questioning two persons of interest in the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a day after first lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral for the teen whose death has become a symbol of escalating violence in Chicago, according to police sources.
The two men, 19 and 20, were pulled over around 67th Street and South Chicago Avenue early this morning after detectives heavily canvassed the area of Harsh Park and tracked down witnesses to the shooting Jan. 29, the sources said. No charges have been filed.
President Barack Obama will visit Chicago this week, following his wife here as the city finds itself in the national spotlight after the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.
The White House said the visit Friday will be among three trips Obama will make to press issues raised in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
“The president will travel to Chicago for an event amplifying some of the policy proposals included in the State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and the Americans striving to get there,” a White House official said.
“He’ll of course also talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country,” the official added.
Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered Saturday as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends.
Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya’s funeral at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church only occasionally touched on politics and the gun violence that ended Hadiya’s life, instead focusing on a 15-year-old girl whose smile lit up the room.
Her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, briefly spoke to the standing room only crowd, often with a smile and even a laugh.
“My baby did all this,’’ she said, wearing a big red flower on her chest and a sparkly scarf, and clearly enjoying the music. “This is all Hadiya.’’
“The outpouring of support has been absolutely amazing,’’ she said.
Michelle Obama will attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old teen from Chicago who was fatally shot.