TODAY | February 12, 2013
>>> chicago police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of teen hadiya pendleton days after first lady michelle obama attended the girl's funeral. kevin tibbles has the latest. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, natalie. two men will appear in court in chicago this morning for the murder of hadiya pendleton , whose death so tragically highlight highlights the problem of guns and gangs in this city. chicago police say they have charged two men, 18-year-old michael ward and kenneth williams , 20, with hadiya pendleton 's murder.
>> sadly hadiya 's life was cut far too short by the unksconscious actions of two criminals who have been charged this evening.
>> reporter: 15-year-old pendleton was shot to death not far from president obama 's chicago home two weeks ago. an innocent, police say, murdered by gang members seeking retaliation, adding that michael ward has confessed to pulling the trigger.
>> they thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. instead, it was a group of upstanding, determined kids.
>> reporter: pendleton 's family in washington to attend this evening's state of the union address , expressed relief and gratitude.
>> i'm happy that the murderer of hadiya is now off the street. i look forward and hope they are convicted and i'm going to be in court every day.
>> hadiya 's death moved the city of chicago to mourning. her funeral, attended by first lady michelle obama and hundreds of friends and classmates.
>> we have to stop the violence .
>> ward and williams have been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of battery with a firearm.
>> kudos to chicago pd . you all did a great job and kept us, you know, involved and, you know -- thank you.
>> reporter: and on friday, president obama plans to travel to chicago for a series of meetings on gun violence and a series of other issues. natalie?
>> kevin tibbles in chicago . thanks so much, kevin .