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  • 12 February 2013, 9:27

Hadiya Pendleton: Two Charged Over Shooting

Two men have been charged with murder after the fatal shooting of a Chicago teenager.

The pair - Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20 - were taken into custody early on Sunday following the killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton on January 29.

They have been charged with first-degree murder.

First lady Michelle Obama and several other dignitaries were among mourners who attended the schoolgirl's funeral on Saturday.

Hadiya was shot dead about a mile from Barack Obama's home on the city's South Side.

Days earlier the band majorette had performed at the president's inauguration celebrations in Washington DC.

Police believe the shooter opened fire on a group Hadiya was with after mistaking someone for a rival gang member.