CHICAGO (CBS) — People are searching for answers after the mysterious death of Illinois State University grad student Jelani Day.
His mother, Carmen Bolden Day, joined Reverend Jesse Jackson at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters with noted civil rights attorney Ben Crump. They are demanding a federal hate crime investigation into what led up to Jelani’s death.READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Clearing Skies, Wind Chills Bring Sub-Zero Feels-Like Temps
Day believes her son was murdered, although his death was ruled a drowning. She said police suggested it was suicide.READ MORE: Neighbors Help Each Other Dig Out, Plows Get To Work On Side Streets After Lake Effect Snowstorm
“Jelani was important. Jelani is missed. I wake up every day. I’ve been dealing with the fact that I can’t talk to my son,” said Carmen Bolden Day.MORE NEWS: A Disappointment May Be Coming For St. Patrick's Day: Corned Beef Prices Are Shooting Up, Some Local Butchers Aren't Even Carrying It
She also criticized police in Peru, Illinois saying they didn’t do enough to help find her son, who is Black, and she compared the lack of response to the massive search to find Gabby Petito, a young white woman.
MEDIA ALERT Chicago, IL – @RevJJackson will join famed civil rights Attorney @AttorneyCrump and #CarmenBoldenDay, the mother of #Jelani Day, at a 9 a.m. press conference Friday, December 3rd, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. #JusticeForJelaniDay pic.twitter.com/FaIrUClEK4
— RainbowPUSHCoalition (@RPCoalition) December 3, 2021