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Chicago Police Set to File Charges Against Two Suspects in Hadiya Pendleton Shooting

The Chicago Police Department is almost certain that charges will be made later today in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old King College Prep student whose funeral two days ago brought out hundreds of mourners, including First Lady Michelle Obama:

Charges could come this evening against two people being questioned in the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today.

“We will bring this all to closure, probably sometime this evening we’re anticipating hopefully that we’ll have charges,” McCarthy said at a news conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to announce a push for stiffer jail terms for people convicted of gun crimes.

McCarthy declined to provide more specifics, saying the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re still doing lineups. We’re still crossing some t’s and dotting some i’s that we need to do before we can get charges approved for these individuals,” he said.

Chicago police picked up the two men, 18 and 20, were picked up over the weekend, hours after first lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral for the teenager whose death has become a symbol of escalating violence in Chicago.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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