Student Killed Hours After Sister Attended President’s Speech
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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (CBS) — Another Chicago student shot and killed just hours after President Obama’s speech on gun violence, a speech her sister attended.
18-year-old Janay McFarlane was gunned down in suburban North Chicago, reports CBS-2’S Mike Puccinelli.
“The next thing I knew I got a call and they said my baby was dead. And she was shot in the head,” said Angela Blakely, the victim’s mother.
That was last night, and Angela Blakely’s baby was her oldest daughter Janay McFarlane gunned down as she walked home from a store in North Chicago.
A young man she was walking with appears to have been the target, but the drive by killers instead hit Janay.
When asked what she would say to the killers, Blakely responded, “I would say I don’t know why you killed my baby. My baby doesn’t bother anybody. She’s a friend to anybody. She’s a loving person.”
Janay attended Hyde Park Career Academy where President Obama spoke yesterday for three years before transferring to an alternative school after she became pregnant a year ago. But her younger sister Destiny still attends Hyde Park and was in the audience standing right behind the President as he decried the violence that claimed the life of Hadiya Pendleton and so many other young Chicagoans. Destiny was too distraught to talk about her big sister.
But her mom told of how Janay often spoke of Hadiya and other murder victims.
“She said ‘Mom that’s so sad. I feel so bad for that little girl’ every time she saw kids on tv she said ‘Momma I feel so bad for these people that gotta leave their kids,’” said Blakely.
Now ironically, the young woman who empathized so much with others leaves behind her three month old son Jayden.
“Now, I gotta raise my baby without his mother. How am I going to explain that to him?,” said Blakely.
Police are questioning two persons of interest in connection with Janay’s death. So far though no charges have been filed.