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Jim McPherson (Credit: North Chicago Police)

Jim McPherson (Credit: North Chicago Police)

NORTH CHICAGO (CBS) – A 21-year old man is in Lake County Jail this afternoon, being held on $3 million bond for the murder of 18-year old Janay McFarlane last Friday.

Janay and her two friends were at a North Chicago liquor store when they were confronted by 21-year-old Jim McPherson. They went into a nearby alley and McPherson followed them.


“One of the witnesses observed the defendant shooting and victim tragically was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene,” said States Attorney Mike Nerheim.

Just a half hour later, McPherson was arrested.

North Chicago Police Chief Jim Jackson said neighborhood people were the ones who brought about a quick arrest of 21-year-old Jim McPherson. No code of silence in that community.

“It was a tight-knit community and they knew the young lady and again they were offended by what had happened and the tragedy that happened to the young lady and it moved them,” said Jackson. “It didn’t take much pushing on our end to listen to the cooperation.”

Janay McFarlane (Credit: Twitter)

Janay McFarlane (Credit: Twitter)

Herbert McFarlane, the father of victim Janay McFarlane, said she was touched by the murder in Chicago of Hadiyda Pendleton.

“Violence is everywhere so you can’t just get away from it but as a community we can’t just get away from it we have to keep sticking together or it will happen again,” he said.