Inauguration performer's killers (one on probation for unlawful use of firearm, sentenced 12 days prior)
Quote :Chicago (CNN) -- The teenager who police say shot and killed Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton was on probation for unlawful use of a firearm, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday night.
Police said Ward and Williams were gang members seeking revenge against the people who had shot Williams in July.
McCarthy said Ward was sentenced to two years' probation in January 2012 for unlawful use of a firearm.
The charges come 12 days after Hadiya was shot to death at a park in what her godfather, Damon Stuart, described as an "ideal community" on Chicago's South Side.
Notice the one statement that I could only find in this particular article (most others didn't mention it or weren't specific at all about it). One was just sentenced to two years probation for unlawful use of a firearm, 12 days before shooting the girl!! I'm sure stricter gun control laws would've stopped these gang members from killing .. If we truly wanted to fix the problem maybe we'd start being harsher to people who break the law. Obviously the probation didn't make them hesitate in shooting someone who wasn't the person they meant to kill.