Twin brothers charged in bus stop murder

October 14, 2009 8:49:04 PM PDT
Twin brothers have been charged in the murder of a woman killed while waiting for a bus.Natasha Howliet was shot last Wednesday and on Wednesday night police revealed new information about the case.

Her family honored her memory on Wednesday while expressing relief about the charges.

Family and friends of Natasha Howliet gathered to pray at the bus stop where she was killed. They remember a bright, bubbly personality, a caring friend and mother of three young children.

"When she walk in a room, she lights up the room. She has a glow," said Sturghil.

Police say she was also an innocent victim. Standing at the bus stop a week ago about 10 o'clock in the evening, Howliet was approached by two men she had never met who happened to be gang members. Investigators say they were the target when two rival gang members drove up and shot. One shot hit Howliet. One man is charged with murder. His twin brother, Kelly Pearson, drove the car, according to police.

"She's a mother of three doing nothing other than waiting for a bus on the street and she subsequently has gone down," said Commander Anthony Riccio, Chicago Police Department.

Police say street names led to finding the brothers.

"I'm still glad that they are going to go down because it makes me feel a little bit better in my heart that the person who took her life is not going to walk around here," said Yolanda Arrington, victim's friend.

Both suspects are both due in bond court on Thursday.

Funeral services for Howliet are planned for Thursday.


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